Batesville (Miss.) South Panola fullback Reuben Corleythought he had ended the recruiting process when he committed to Memphis back in April. Just weeks later Corley backed out of his commitment to refocus on his academics. Now, Corley is ready to reaffirm his commitment to the Tigers and once again has plans on wearing Memphis Blue.
"I had committed the other day," Corley said. "I kind of backed out because my coach was trying to get me to focus more on my books but I had made up my mind and decided that that's where I wanted to be. My coach had wanted me to back down a little bit but I had to make my decision myself and that's where I want to be."
Corley noted that the proximity to his Northern Mississippi home was a big plus for Memphis as was his relationship with the coaching staff.
"I wanted to be close to home," he said. "I just came to the conclusion that that's where I want to be. I also really like the Memphis coaching staff. I like how the offense goes and their school. Everything up there is pretty nice. "
Despite running the spread offense, the Memphis staff feels like it can find a spot on the field for the bruising 6-foot-0 220-pound fullback.
"Coach Joseph was saying that they could use me at fullback and even slide me into the slot so that sounded really good to me," he said. "Other schools were just talking about using me as a blocker but Coach Joseph I think he can really use my full potential and do things to show my ability."
For South Panola, Corley may get the opportunity to show some more ability as well.
"I've got some big things planned," he said. "We don't have a tight end so I may be playing tight end and fullback. I'm very excited. I'm a big important factor to my offense. I'm a big factor blocking."