Coming off a junior season for which he earned first-team all-district honors at outside linebacker, Abilene High’s Jorge Hernandez wasn’t expecting to be learning a new position as a senior.
But first year AHS head coach Mike Fullen, Hernandez’s former defensive coordinator, decided during two-a-days his team would be better served with the speedy playmaker at safety. So he swapped the diminutive Hernandez (listed on his Hudl profile at 5-foot-6 and 142 pounds) with the bigger Phillip Tellez during the Eagles’ scrimmage against Copperas Cove in a move that was made permanent the following week against Amarillo Tascosa.
That switch came with some early growing pains, but it has since achieved its desired effect. The same skills that made Hernandez a standout linebacker — his speed, instincts and nose for the ball — have followed him to the secondary, and the results are speaking for themselves.