5-Star DE Lemonier Chooses Auburn

Auburn picked up a key commitment on Wednesday when Corey Lemonier chose the Tigers.

Hialeah, Fla.--Corey Lemonier said he was going to take his time before announcing his decision on a college choice and would probably wait until signing day to make that known.

On Wednesday the 6-4, 225-pound Under Armour All-American defensive end from Hialeah High School announced on national TV that he will sign with Auburn.

He is a five-star prospect by Scout.com at a major position of need for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers, who must replace two-time All-SEC defensive end Antonio Coleman who has graduated. Lemonier is rated as the No. 7 defensive prospect in the nation.

"I felt real comfortable on my visits to Auburn," Lemonier tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I like the coaches and I have a good feeling about Coach (Tracy) Rocker, who will be my position coach there. The coaches were honest with me throughout recruiting and I appreciated that.

"I am excited about going to Auburn," he adds. "I feel really comfortable with my decision."

Lemonier is shown in action in the Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Announcing his decision live on ESPNU on Wednesday, he said, "They've been telling me the truth ever since I went to their camp. Coach Rocker has never told me anything bad. He's always told me if I come in I have to work to play. That's the truth. I believe in him and Coach (Gene) Chizik and Coach Trooper (Taylor)."

Lemonier says his interest in Auburn really grew after spending several days on campus last summer at a football camp. In November on his official visit he brought his mother and brother to the campus and they liked it, too.

Scout.com's southeastern recruiting director, Chad Simmons, says the Tigers picked up a very good addition to the class when Lemonier chose Auburn. Simmons notes that the high school senior has the potential to play outside linebacker or defensive end in college. "He is very athletic and very quick," says Simmons, who adds that Lemonier has an excellent burst off the line of scrimmage at the point of attack.

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