Tigers Hoping to Add 5-Star Defender

Corey Lemonier talks to Inside the Auburn Tigers about his finalists heading into national signing day.

Hialeah, Fla.--Corey Lemonier said last summer he was in no hurry to announce his decision on a college choice and would probably wait until signing day to make that known.

On signing day eve, the five-star defensive end prospect from Hialeah High School is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country and he says he will choose either Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers or Jimbo Fisher's FSU Seminoles on Wednesday.

Chizik's Tigers have a major need for defensive linemen in this class. They picked up a commitment on Monday from defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker, a four-star ranked prospect from Warner Robins, Ga., High School. Chizik's Tigers are also in the mix for another interior defensive lineman, Byran Jones from Junction City, Ark., who is choosing between Auburn and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Corey Lemonier

Commenting on FSU, the 6-4, 225-pound Lemonier says, "They have new coaches and new stuff like that so everything is going to be fresh. They have a lot of defensive players committed, but they are still looking for players at my position."

Commenting on Auburn, Lemonier says, "I have built a good relationship with Coach (Tracy) Rocker and Coach Troop (Trooper Taylor). When I went up there for an official (in November for the Alabama game weekend), it was all basically a family atmosphere because they bring in good kids and stuff like that.

"When they played Alabama they should have won that game," he adds. "It was a pretty close game."

Lemonier, a standout at an Auburn summer football camp, wrapped up his high school career with a strong performance in the Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. He is known for his quickness and pass rushing ability.

He narrowed his choices to Auburn and FSU from a final four that included nearby Miami plus the University of Tennessee.

"Each school is good," adds Lemonier, who is ranked as the nation's No. 7 defensive end prospect for the 2010 signing class. "They all have read good coaches who are real nice coaches."

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