ATLANTA ‒ Even clustered among a number of Georgia’s top junior recruits Tuesday afternoon, the chiseled figure of Yusuf Corker stood out as prospects practiced for the Rising Seniors all-star game.
The three-star defensive back from Woodland High School (Stockbridge, Ga.) measures a lean, mean 6-foot and 175 pounds and already holds offers from nine schools, including a pair of SEC programs in Kentucky and Tennessee.
But the multi-talented college football hopeful has another dream that might surprise those following his recruitment: He wants to become a neurosurgeon.
“We had a speaker come and he kind of sparked the idea,” Corker told SEC Country. “He was an entrepreneur. But he was like ‘follow your dreams, do something that you like.’ I always read about the brain.”
As for where he could make that happen, Corker’s top four includes a trio of ACC schools — Duke (No. 1), Wake Forest (No. 2) and Georgia Tech (No. 4) — and Kentucky, which he has at No. 3.
How does he feel about the lone SEC program on his list?
“I’m loving their program. They’re feeding back a lot of information and everything, so it’s nice,” Corker said of Kentucky. “I think I’m going up there February for their Junior Day.”
It won’t hurt Kentucky’s chances that Corker’s cousin is running back Raymond Sanders, who played for the team from 2010-13.
However, Kentucky isn’t the only school to which Corker has family ties. Another one of his cousins, Joshua Nesbitt, played quarterback for Georgia Tech and helped guide the Yellow Jackets to an 11-3 season in 2009.
Regardless of where he ultimately ends up, it certainly seems like academics will play a factor for Corker, who says he has already been asking coaches at prospective schools whether they have his majors of interest.
Corker is rated the No. 35 cornerback for the Class of 2017, according to Rivals.