When Georgia youth Corri Gorney is on the gridiron he feels at home. Whether he is scoring touchdowns or breaking up plays, he is a force to be reckoned with.
Gorney lives in Snellville, Ga., is 13, 5’7, in seventh grade at Crews Middle School and played corner and receiver for South Gwinnett this past season.
He began playing football in fourth grade and developed his passion for the game due to his older brother, Kingston “Anthony,”18, who plays.
“I absolutely look up to my brother,” he said. “My first year playing football I was kind of nervous about the hitting part, but I I’m used to it now.”
Prior to playing for South Gwinnett, he played for the Brookwood Football Association from fourth through sixth grade. However, next year he will be retuning to Brookwood because that is where he will attend high school.
Over the years, football has brought him and his brother closer. They watch film, work out together, pick each other’s brains and ultimately, Anthony has helped him become a better player.
“He is a huge influence and role model,” Gorney said. “He’s always been like a “father figure” for me. He helps me with my game and we talk about bettering ourselves. He trains with me and supported me at games. I really want to make him and my mom proud of me.”
In addition to his brother, he said he owes gratitude to his coaches David Hickox of YPL Elite and Coach Banks of his Brookwood team. They taught him important techniques and how to run routes, get off jams and become an aggressive receiver. He was even recently named most valuable player for his team.
As he got older, he has grown to appreciate and love the comradery of the sport. He enjoys making big plays and helping his team win.
“Football keeps me focused in life and in school,” he said. “I love to make my family proud when they watch me on the field. I love to be there for the other guys on the team when they need me.”
As he looks forward to attending camps this summer and eventually playing in high school, he knows he still has a lot to learn. Some of his goals going forward are working on corner back skills and receiver skills, catching, weight training and getting bigger and stronger.
He looks up to Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Jacksonville Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey and hopes to one day dominate offense and defense like they do. \
“I have improved a lot from last year,” Gorney said. “I feel like I am getting better every week at route running. I think that a lot of it is because I have learned to focus more on what the coaches are saying. I’m training a lot which is making me a better football player.”
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