Corey Lemonier Enjoys His Illini Visit

Three members of the Hialeah, Florida, football team made official visits to Illinois this past weekend. A cold front from the North was quite a contrast for them, but they all seemed to have a good time. Five-star defensive end Corey Lemonier was one of those players, and he is considering the Illini strongly.

Corey Lemonier made the trip to Illinois with defensive tackle Calvin Smith and defensive back Ravonne Carter last weekend for their official visits. Lemonier enjoyed himself.

"My visit was very good. We hung out with our hosts (Lemonier was hosted by Leon Hill), talked to the coaches, watched a movie, watched the game, and after that we went to this place, I can't remember the name of it, but it was good. Then we hung out with Corey (Liuget). Sunday I talked to Coach Ron Zook.

Corey Liuget is a former Hialeah star, and he spent time with Lemonier and his teammates Saturday evening despite spraining an ankle in the Penn State game.

"Unfortunately, he got hurt. But it was good to see him. He was saying it would be good for me to go up there. And he was asking how school was going and about the team."

Lemonier spent time with Illinois quarterback commitment Chandler Whitmer. In fact, they sat together throughout the game. They got acquainted over the summer, and they picked up where they left off.

"I talked to Chandler awhile back. I met his mom and dad, and that was good. We had a good time."

The 6'-4", 230 pounder is listed as a defensive end, but he makes a much bigger contribution to his high school team than that.

"I play everything. I play d-end, right tackle, left tackle, guard, fullback, tight end. At left tackle, I'll be blocking somebody, and then he yells, 'He's holding me, he's holding me.' And I just yell back, 'I'm good.'

Yes, he is good. In fact, his list of schools includes some of the dominant powers in the Southeast.

"Illinois, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, Miami. Those are the schools that are looking at me the most."

He says he will likely wait until near signing day to make a college decision.

"It was good on Saturday, but I don't know what's gonna happen."

Hialeah has struggled some out of the gate, but Lemonier has high hopes for the rest of the season.

"We're 2-2 right now. We have some good talent, but that's on the defensive side of the ball. I think we can be good as we want to because we are talented, and we have a really good running back. He's the majority of our offense. We are the most experienced on defense. Our future looks pretty bright."

Lemonier and his Florida buddies weren't prepared for the cold front that awaited them in Champaign, but he realizes that weather can be a problem wherever you go.

"Miami don't get down to 40-50 degrees. Miami can get to 100 with high humidity. I can be standing at practice and still sweat."

Lemonier is unsure about a college major, but he has an idea of what he would like to do.

"I like computers, so I'd like to see if I can do something with that. That's something I like the most."

It sounds like all three Floridians were impressed with their visit.

"They (Smith and Carter) told me it felt like home. Overall, we all had a good time."


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