Freshman defender ahead of curve already


Photographs by David Gottschalk

Arkansas cornerback Korey Hernandez goes through practice Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Fayetteville.

In the fall of 2005, Curtis Hernandez asked his 6-year-old son Korey what sport he wanted to play in southeast Atlanta.

Korey Hernandez glance

CLASS Freshman

POSITION Defensive back


HOMETOWN Atlanta, Ga.


AGE 18 (born Nov. 10, 1998)

NOTEWORTHY Early enrollee who played multiple positions for Georgia Class 3A state champion as a senior. … Recorded 64 tackles, 27 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions as a senior while earning all-region honors. … Posted more than 1,000 all-purpose yards as a receiver, kick returner and punt returner. … Ranked as the No. 8 cornerback in Georgia and No. 26 in the South by Scout. … Ranked as the No. 91 player in Georgia by ESPN and No. 98 by Rivals. … Cousins include Jordan Eastling, a defensive back at Texas State, and Andre Brown Jr., a defensive back at Indiana. … Chose Arkansas over Georgia Tech, Iowa, Maryland, South Florida, Wake Forest and others.

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