5-Star Defensive End Narrows the Field

Talented defensive end Corey Lemonier talks favorites and when he plans to make a decision.

Hialeah, Fla.--Rated as the number seven defensive end in the country and a five-star prospect by Scout.com, speedy Corey Lemonier has been a busy guy since returning home from the Under Armour All-American Game in early January. With schools flooding through Hialeah High to talk to him and his coaches, things have gotten hectic for the 6-4, 225-pounder.

"Teams have been coming down to see me so that has kept me pretty busy," Lemonier tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "On Tuesday Illinois, New Mexico and Tennessee were all at my school."

While those three and several more college have visited Lemonier in the past week, he says at the moment he's down to just two schools as he prepares to make his decision around noon on signing day at his high school.

"Right now it's Auburn and Florida State," Lemonier notes. "It looks like they'll be the final two."

Two programs that have been on his list since early in the recruiting process, both Auburn and Florida State have some advantages that are appealing for Lemonier. For the Tigers it's a first-year coaching staff that has already shown improvements in the program with eight wins including a bowl win. Lemonier says it's also about the coaching staff and the feeling he gets from the program.

"I really like the coaches," Lemonier says. "They talk about family a lot and a family atmosphere. They're going to be a good team in the future."

Another advantage for Auburn is that Lemonier had the opportunity during Under Armour week in Orlando to hang out with commitment Michael Dyer, Jake Holland, LaDarius Owens, Dakota Mosley and Cody Parkey. He notes that the players all gave him a good feeling about Auburn.

"They are good friends, but they're also good people," Lemonier says. "I could fit into that so that would help."

A program under the new direction of coach Jimbo Fisher, Florida State can also offer early playing time at defensive end much like Auburn. Lemonier says he likes the direction of things under Fisher to this point.

"They are good coaches," Lemonier says. "I would have a chance to play. They're going to be good in the future."

Many times prospects get down to the end and have a pretty good idea of where they are going to school in the end. Lemonier says right now he's still up in the air and notes it will probably come down to one simple thing for him in his search for his future home.

"It will just be a feeling," Lemonier says. "It may come down to the place I feel most comfortable."


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