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Corpening lands his first scholarship

Charlotte (N.C.) Vance cornerback Nolan Corpening pulled down his first scholarship recently. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is intrigued as his recruiting is on the rise.
"I just got an offer from Air Force earlier this week, that is my first one and it's a Division I offer," he said. "I was surprised. I was really happy cause the first one is the hardest."
What does Corpening think about Air Force?
"I know that I have to stay in the Air Force for four years after graduation, but the scholarship is worth $475,000 and they get a stipend."
While he's considering the option, Corpening is looking at other schools as well.
"I get letters from Missouri and Georgia Tech every week," he said. "I know Clemson talks to my coach about me a lot and Wake Forest knows about me. I'm really cool with the recruiter there.
"I'm not sure about the situation with them. A lot of the schools want me to go to camps. I'm supposed to go to Wake Forest on the second, I plan on going to Maryland's camp, NC State, Clemson and team 7-on-7 camps."
Corpening likes one school, but maintains no favorites.
"I like Clemson, but I really don't have a No. 1, 2 or 3," he said. "I like Clemson cause one of our players visited there and we got to go down and experience everything. I liked it, the environment and how the coaches coach."
For Corpening, he is looking for a few things in his future school.
"A lot of time I look at the number of corners they have on the roster and whether I'll redshirt my freshman year," he said. "I'm look at the environment of how the town is and how the coaches coach. I'd prefer to stay in the south from Georgia to Virginia. I like the heat. I also want to pursue engineering, since I'm taking that at Vance now."
Playing both ways, the Charlotte corner posted 44 tackles, 10 pass breakups and one interception on defense. He added first team all-conference honors at wideout with 643-yards and nine scores.
"I did really well," he said. "I think I showed my ball skills, my awareness and reaction last year. My quickness stands out too. I have the hips to play corner."
Corpening is getting looks for track as well since he runs the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the long jump. He is third in the region in the long jump at this time.
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