Another Gonzaga Recruit Emerging

Maryland has already targeted four Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) junior recruits, and the Terps could eventually make a play for a fifth. Running back Reggie Corbin, who on Feb. 12 picked up his first offer from Illinois, has a slew of programs interested in him and figures to have his share of verbals before the offseason is out.

Maryland has already targeted four Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) junior recruits, and the Terps could eventually make a play for a fifth. Running back Reggie Corbin, who on Feb. 12 picked up his first offer from Illinois, has a slew of programs interested in him and figures to have his share of verbals before the offseason is out.

"Illinois came in after school [Feb. 12] when Coach [Aaron] Brady told me to call the Illini coach, who told me I had the offer," said the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Corbin. "It was exciting; I'd been waiting for it for a long time, but people told me to be patient and the offers would come.

"I don't know much about Illinois right now, but I do know they send running backs to the next level and I know they have a good team over there. I'll find out more when I visit at some point, but they look good to me right now."

Besides Illinois, Corbin is getting looks from Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Ohio State, Auburn, Oregon and Maryland. Of those, he said Duke might be closest to offering next.

"Duke has been saying some really good things to me. I just went down there for a visit and had a great time," Corbin said. "It's great academics, they have a great stadium and the program is moving up. Their coaching staff showed me around and was just really, really interested in me and showed me a good time."

The hometown program, Maryland, hasn't had too much contact yet. Corbin knows area recruiter Mike Locksley, but hasn't spoken to him extensively this offseason.

"I grew up knowing Coach Locksley and I like him a lot, but I haven't really talked to him much about recruiting," Corbin said. "But I'll be going to Maryland's junior day [Feb. 22] and see what the coaches there say after that. I really don't know why [the Terps] haven't said much; I think maybe they like bigger backs or something."

If UMD did get involved, Corbin said he would be "excited" about it, though he's not sure that would be his ultimate destination. He said he's the type of guy that wants to get away from home for college.

"Maryland is a really good program, I like their offense and I like Coach Locksley," Corbin said. "I've played games in the stadium, I've been to games there, and I do like it there. They're going to the Big Ten, and there's a lot to like, but it's so close by I'm not sure I could see myself there."

Right now, Corbin is setting his sights high, aiming for the Ohio States, Oregons and Auburns of the world. He said not only are those three "name" programs, but he believes he'd fit in well at each, should he be given an opportunity.

"I was actually invited to Ohio State last year for their game against Indiana. I loved it up there, I love the tradition, how the team gets after it and the fan support," Corbin said. "Then Oregon and Auburn, I just love their offenses and I could see myself playing for their coaches. I talked to the running backs coaches at both [Auburn and Oregon], and I liked those guys. Those are all great programs."

While Corbin has already visited OSU, Maryland and Duke, he plans to camp at a handful of different schools. The Pac-12 programs like Oregon, Washington and Washington State are on the docket, while nearby WVU, Maryland, Duke and Ohio State are possibilities as well. Corbin also wants to check out a few Florida schools to gauge their interest.

"Honestly, I love the Pac-12 and think that's my best fit. The conference is more suited to a player like me with their spread systems, how they get guys into space and let them go to work," Corbin said. "But if that doesn't work out, I'll play anywhere that gives me a chance and best uses me."

Last year Corbin totaled 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns en route to first team all-conference honors. He said he's currently clocking in with a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and has added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason.

"I have to mainly work on my pass blocking and being more physical," Corbin said. "But I'm good at changing directions, making guys miss and using my speed to pull away. I consider myself a playmaker in the open field."

TerrapinTimes Top Stories