May 11, 2009

Five stand out for four-star Florida defensive end

Corey Lemonier will never have to worry about scholarship offers.

The 6-foot-5, 223-pound defensive end from Hialeah, Fla., has them in spades from schools all over the country and from virtually every major conference in the nation.

So Lemonier is making some early judgments based on how diligently schools are recruiting him as well as evaluating the coaches he's getting to know and the depth charts he might one day join.

That combination, Lemonier said Sunday night, gives Ole Miss a chance at the four-star prospect. Lemonier said Sunday that Ole Miss, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Tennessee are the five programs showing him the most interest and recruiting him the hardest at this point.

That likely spells good news for Ole Miss cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn, who is spearheading the Rebels' efforts in south Florida.

"In the last month, I've been talking to Coach Vaughn a lot," Lemonier said. "They're really high with me right now. I talk to Coach Vaughn and he seems like a really good guy. He seems like a good person."

In the addition to the five early leaders, Lemonier has offers from Notre Dame, Illinois, Florida Atlantic, LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Rutgers and others.

"I'm really excited about it," Lemonier said. "I'm going to keep a level head about it and worry about my grades and focus on my senior year."

Purdue, Florida State, Florida Atlantic, Florida, Virginia, Notre Dame and Michigan have already been to see Lemonier practice this spring. Ole Miss, among others, is expected in sometime in the next couple of weeks. He's looking forward to seeing Vaughn and talking more about how he might fit into what the Rebels are doing.

"I'm really high on Ole Miss," Lemonier said. "They say I could challenge for a starting job or get playing time right away. That's big for me."

Lemonier, who had 70 tackles, 10 sacks and two safeties as a junior, said he's open to leaving the state of Florida, even though the big three programs in the Sunshine State are in pursuit.

"It doesn't matter to me," Lemonier said. "I'd like to leave out of Florida, but we'll have to see. I'm going to visit as many schools as possible."

Lemonier said his summer plans are still in flux, but he does plan to take a trip to Florida State as well as a road trip through the Southeast. Lemonier said he wants to visit Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee during that swing.

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