STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — Still sweaty from a morning workout session, the afternoon heat at its peak, 3-star cornerback Yusuf Corker distributed water to kickers and long snappers at Woodland High School.
Corker, participating in the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia satellite camp on Wednesday, had completed his on-field work, but stuck around for the afternoon session as a volunteer.
That’s one of things that school’s love about Corker: his character.
“South Carolina and Tennessee both said they really love me,” Corker said to SEC Country. “They love my size and ability. They also love my character. They were like, ‘We can find any player around the country to play for us but the character thing really separates the players we really like and what we really want.’
“They were like if my son is on this team and in the same locker room I want to put them around positive people. And they really talked to my teachers and coaches and said I have some great character and positive influence on people. And that’s one of the reasons that separates me from everyone else.”
The Gamecocks and Vols are two of Corker’s top four teams, along with West Virginia and Duke. He visited South Carolina twice in April and once named Tennessee his leader.
The Vols are now tied with the other three schools, and after taking a brief break from his recruitment, the nation’s No. 36 corner plans to pick things back up again next week.
He is already planning on taking official visits to West Virginia, Notre Dame and Stanford, all of which will require a plane ride — something Corker has never experienced. He was able to drive to Duke’s camp in early June, where he enjoyed the experience. Corker plans on being a neuroscientist and was impressed with Duke’s academic pitch.
“I really like reading about the brain and studying the brain and the spine,” Corker said. “How the body works. I want to help kids or people with disabilities and stuff like that to try and make somebody’s life better.”
The 6-foot, 170-pound recruit is an impressive prospect, so much so both Alabama and Georgia have taken notice. Corker, who has received offers from both schools, was in Athens for G-Day and watched first-hand as Ludacris sang in front of 90,000-plus fans.
As for the Crimson Tide, he is humbled to be considered by the defending national champions.
“They are recruiting me and they want me,” Corker said. “That’s how I know I am a pretty good player. But stay humble and keep working because it is just also letting me know I am not the only guy out here.”
Corker said that he could see both Georgia and Alabama eventually hopping into his top schools, as the state of Georgia’s No. 36 prospect plans to make a commitment in early August.
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