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UNC pledge Scout 300 running back Adarius Lemons visited Florida; is he close to flipping?

Adarius Lemons had an eye opening day on Friday. The four-star running back visited Florida for Friday Night Lights and the North Carolina pledge is now taking a closer look at the Gators. Is Lemons under flip watch?

It was the visit Adarius Lemons needed and wanted. The Scout 300 running back from Clearwater, Florida, attended the Gators' Friday Night Lights and left feeling more confident.  

"Now that I actually got to sit down and talk with them [the Florida coaches, it’s a big eye opener," said the Clearwater High playmaker. "Some of the backs that they do have are good backs, and I do feel that I do bring something different to the table than other running backs do. That feels good that I could be the only running back they would be taking in 2017 class." 

The UF staff did not hesitate to show the four-star that he was a top priority in the 2017 class, with Florida running backs coach Tim Skipper and most of the staff taking turns to speak with Lemons. 

"It feels real great, because I didn’t think all of them knew of me down here. It really feels good. It means something." 

Lemons, who is committed to the North Carolina at the moment, not only visited and spoke with the coaches but he also participated in drills and one-on-ones. 

"It was great just competing," he said. "A lot of players out here, great players. It’s just great, I worked hard and all the work you put in just coming out here makes it better. Just balling, having fun and playing football." 


As Lemons packed up and left the Swamp on Friday night, he remained committed to the Tar Heels. However, he admitted he needed to have a long conversation with his grandmother. 

The UNC staff "are good coaches," he said. "At the end of the day I needed to look at the big picture: family coming down and watching me play, traveling and things like that... My grandma has already talked to me about that. She really wants to watch me play. Why not do it for her."

Lemons has a strong bond with his grandma. 

"She is my biggest fan," he said. "She is on everything I do."

Lemons adds, "I’m going to talk it over with my grandmother. We are going to sit down and talk and see how she feels about it.I know she said it’s my decision but if she feels like she really wants to come and sit down and watch me play games, the Swamp might be the place to be."

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