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Freshman defender ahead of curve already

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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

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

HOMETOWN Atlanta, Ga.

HIGH SCHOOL Cedar Grove

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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