Ethan Blome is off to an excellent start to his junior season rushing for 743 yards on just 82 attempts for 7 touchdowns. The class of ’24 back has had a breakout year, and just last week, he brokout out of the gates against Ringgold for one of the longest runs in the state of Georgia.
Taking a handoff inside his own 5, Blome immediately hit the jets busting through the right side of the line of scrimmage. He escaped from one tackler, and shifted back over the middle of the field where he completely bulldozed over another defender. Blome was now running into the open field with another 80 yards to go, so he strided out and broke away and left the pursuit in the dust.
The junior showcased his good balance breaking through tacklers and running vision to weave around the pursuit. The play ended making our weekly top play video in the state of Georgia and Blome eventually won the #1 play of the week thanks to great support from the Adairsville community.
As we said earlier, Blome is playing outstanding in his junior year and is one of the leading rushers in 3A. That said, he is mainly focused on the team and winning.
“Our season is going good. We are currently 4-1 and undefeated in our region play. Our team is solid this year,” he said.
This has been a breakout season for Blome who has doubled his average yards per carry and has become a high-usage playmaker for Adairsville as well. His 148 yards rushing per game is among the best in the state of Georgia. The junior credits his on-the-field progress to his offseason work.
“There is always room to improve. I really worked hard in the offseason. My vision has improved and I have become a more powerful and explosive runner.”
On the recruiting front, Blome is a new name for college coaches and the process is just starting to materialize. Blome talked about how he is adapting to the new world of recruiting.
“Recruiting has been a new journey for me. I went on my first college visit a couple of weeks ago. The goal is to work hard and hopefully earn an opportunity to compete at the next level. I currently don’t have any upcoming visits planned, I hope that changes soon. I love the game of football.”
The 5’9″ 180 lbs. back is a tireless worker, sports a 3.7 GPA, and has made one of the biggest jumps in terms of production this season out of any back in the state. Blome has excellent balance taking on contact and continues to fall forward getting extra yardage on a consistent basis. He does a nice job of reading his blocks and accelerates well into the gaps, which has led to several long runs where pursuit never gets close.
With it being the halfway point of the season, we asked the hard-runner what goals he has planned for the remainder of the season.
“My goal at the beginning of the season was to be a 1,000-yard rusher, that is still my goal, however, I hope to exceed that number. I also want to get faster and stronger this season. I am in the weight room daily and really push myself at practice. Ultimately my second-half goal is for my team to finish strong and win region.”
Blome seems like the type of student-athlete to not bet against, and if his progression-arch continues to trend in this direction, then another offseason could find Blome as one of the leading rushers in the state as a senior. We anticipate this won’t be the last we hear about the class of ’24 running back, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to hear the latest on Blome and athletes all across the state of Georgia.