Thumbs Up Visit for 5-Star DE Recruit

One of the nation's top-ranked defensive prospects discusses his official visit to Auburn.

Hiealeah, Fla.--Corey Lemonier made his official visit to Auburn with his mother and brother. All three gave the experience a thumbs up review.

"We all had a good time," said the mother of Scout.com's No. 4 nationally ranked defensive prospect from Hialeah High School.

Lemonier said he enjoyed watching the rivalry game between the Tigers and Alabama. "It was a great game and Auburn played really hard," he said. "I felt really bad for the players that they didn't win the game. They played really well."

The 6-4, 225-pounder, who was a standout at an Auburn summer football camp, noted that the Tigers are definitely under consideration for his college choice. "I am not going to say who my leader is, but Auburn definitely helped itself," he said. "It really did."

Lemonier's player host was junior defensive end Antoine Carter. He said that Carter, who is from Fort Lauderdale, is very happy at Auburn. "He had nothing but good things to say about it," Lemonier said. "I talked to his father, too, and he told me that Auburn has been a great place for Antoine to go to college."

Commenting on what he will be looking for in making a college choice, the high school senior said, "Just getting into a great relationship with the coaches and seeing what they are really about."

He said that he likes the Auburn coaches. "They were honest and were telling a lot of stuff--the family thing," he said.

Lemonier noted that the pre-game Tiger Walk and the game atmosphere really stood out on the visit and pointed out there wasn't anything he didn't like about the trip. "It was crazy, crazy,"?he said of the game day atmosphere.

Another one of the things that stood out about the trip was the time he spend with defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. "We talked about how I would fit in there and being part of the family," the high school senior said. Lemonier added that he was impressed with the way that Rocker's linemen played on Friday. "Coach Rocker is teaching them and coaching them really good."

Lemonier, who was at Tennessee last week on an official visit, has also taken visits to Illinois and Florida State. Recruits can take five official visits and he noted that he plans to take another one, but hasn't decided where that will be.

He did say that his trip to Auburn confirmed his feeling from the summer visit that Gene Chizik's program at Auburn is up and coming. "I am really considering them really hard now," he said.

A player with lots of quickness at defensive end, Lemonier is a prospect with the potential to contribute early after a strong 2009 season at Hialeah High. "My senior season went really well," he said. "I don't know how many tackles and sacks I had, but I?had a lot of them."


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