Cornalino continues to improve himself

When you face off against the talented defensive lineman that Mt. San Antonio OT Blake Cornalino (6-2, 276) does every day in practice, you can't help but improve. caught up with one of the top offensive line performers at the So Cal combine and he talked about what sets him apart as a blocker as well as where recruiting stands at this point.

"I played pretty much everything in high school," Cornalino, who prepped at Upland High School, told recently. "I played defensive line, guard, tackle, tight end, linebacker, I mean, I played everywhere."

He didn't qualify out of high school and Mt. San Antonio called him and said they wanted him to be a Mountie.

"I've been really happy here and I'm having a lot of fun," Cornalino said. "It was a good situation for me. The coaches here are great, it's a winning program and it just felt like home.

"I love playing defensive line, but right tackle is where I was meant to play. I'm good in pass-protection. I love going up against the D-end and the competition. It's faster and you have to think a little bit more going up against ends than you do if you are inside."

Always one to keep improving, Cornalino said he's focused on getting his strength to where it needs to be.

"I'm in the weight room every day," Cornalino said. "You can never have enough strength and I repped 225 22 times on the bench (at the combine) and I want to get that higher before the season."

On the recruiting front, Cornalino is still waiting to hear from four-year schools, but he realizes it's a long process.

"I haven't heard from anybody yet, but I'm just focused on improving during spring and the offseason and the rest will take care of itself," Cornalino said. "The coaches were all out and watching us. I haven't heard anything really yet, but it's still early."

Cornalino will be eligible to sign with a four-year school in December and he'll have three years to play two when he steps on campus.

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