Lemon Power

Houston Yates standout Orie Lemon (6-2, 223, 4.6) has proven he can both hit a wideout and an opponent during his high school career and has schools such as Arkansas very interested.

Orie Lemon can both run away from you or chase you down, but which one he will be doing in college is still up in the air.

While Lemon (6-2, 223, 4.6) would love the chance to play quarterback on the next level, the Houston Yates standout also knows that some of the schools see him more of a thumper at linebacker than as a signal caller.

"Sure I still want to play quarterback, but I know that really more people see me on the defensive side of the ball," Lemon said. "I'll just do whatever I need to do to help the team that I choose to play for go out and win."

Arkansas is among several schools that have their eyes on landing Lemon, who says he has offers from Oklahoma State, Texas and USC as a linebacker and from Houston as a quarterback.

"I have a lot of offers, but those are just the ones that I am interested in," Lemon said. "Really it's more like Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Texas."

He got in an unofficial visit to Arkansas during the last week of July where he hung out with current Razorback Shedrick Johnson, who is his cousin, and former Yates teammate and current UA true freshman linebacker Tyrell Graham.

"I really liked the school and the city was really nice," Lemon said. "Shedrick told me one thing about Arkansas is that whatever they tell you that you can count on it being the truth. They have been straight up with me about how they want me as a linebacker and that's something I appreciate. They are not trying to play games with me, just being honest."

While he played strictly quarterback last season, Lemon showed off his defensive skills as a all-district linebacker as a sophomore.

"They mostly kept me at quarterback, where I can pass it and run it," Lemon said. "But I am also pretty smart about getting to the ball and making an impact when I do when I play linebacker."

Lemon , who passed and ran for over 900 yards each last season and accounted for 22 touchdowns, expects Graham to have a great career at Arkansas.

"He was really a great leader and a great football player for us," Lemon said. "I think he is going to be a star in college and play right away."

Lemon doesn't rule out making a decision before the season starts and thought that he would for certain do that earlier this summer, but also might take several official visits before pulling the trigger on a school.

"I think I'll probably take some official visits and I'll definitely be coming back to Arkansas," Lemon said. "Hopefully I'll get to see some games as well."

Yates, which returns 7 starters on both offense and defense from a 10-3 team last season, expects to be have a big 2005 campaign according to Lemon.

"We really feel like we have a shot to be even better this year," Lemon said. "I was a leader last year, but I want to step up and be an even bigger one this season. I want to be someone this team can count on."

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