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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Chris McCorkle

The Cardinal Mooney High rising senior defensive back is committed to Indiana University.

Cardinal Mooney High rising senior Chris McCorkle committed to Indiana University on April 26.
Cardinal Mooney High rising senior Chris McCorkle committed to Indiana University on April 26.
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Chris McCorkle is a rising senior defensive back at Cardinal Mooney High. McCorkle is rated as a three-star player in the On3 Industry Ranking and the No. 48 defensive back in the class of 2025. McCorkle committed to Indiana University on April 26. He had 24 tackles, eight interceptions and 18 passes defended in 2023. 

When did you start playing football?

I started when I was 4 years old. I just loved the game, so my family put me into it. 

What is the appeal to you?

It's fun to play and it is a peaceful game for me. I can forget about everything else when I play. 

Why did you want to commit to Indiana?

It's all about the way they (the coaches) handled themselves and the culture that they are building there. They are making a lot of changes in a short amount of time with a new head coach (Curt Cignetti) and it has impressed me a lot. 

What was the recruiting process like for you?

It was a little overwhelming. You know, schools want you and they make you a priority. I had a lot of coaches texting me, and I had to tell them "no." But you just have to get through it. 

Do you pay attention to national rankings like Rivals and On3?

I see that stuff. You feel it a little bit, when you know that you're better than some of the players rated above you. But you have to put your head down and grind. On the field it doesn't matter who is rated better. 

What have you been working to improve this spring?

Everything. I'm always working on my craft. Even though I know I'm good, I can be better. 

What is the feeling around Cardinal Mooney football right now?

I feel like we have developed a lot over the spring. We lost a lot of kids after last year (to graduation), but with the kids that we have coming in, I think we can be even better than we were last year. 

What are your goals for the fall season?

I'd love to get more interceptions than last year, but I know some teams are going to look at my film and then not throw my way, so I might not (get the chances). But if it happens, I'd love it. 

What is your favorite food?

I love Chipotle. I get white rice, chicken al pastor, steak, regular chicken, cheese and queso. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I'm more of a YouTube guy honestly. I like to watch Deestroying for football videos, plus Kai Cenat and stuff like that. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Keep doing what you are doing. Nobody can stop you but you, so keep grinding and stick to the plan. 

Finish this sentence: "Chris McCorkle is …"

… Outgoing. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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