Ranked as the No. 4 defensive end in the country, Hialeah Senior High’s Corey Lemonier has offers from every school on his interest list.
With official visits to Auburn, Tennessee, Illinois and Florida State already behind him, Lemonier had one final trip left without a destination.
On Monday, LSU recruiting coordinator Don Yanowsky stopped into Lemonier’s high school to visit with the five-star prospect and his head coach, Marc Berman.
During that visit, Yanowsky locked up Lemonier’s final official visit.
“Coach Yanowsky came in and told Corey that LSU wanted him to come see the campus and coaches, and that he could get down as soon as this weekend,” Berman said. “He heard that and was pretty excited, because LSU was a team that he originally wanted to visit, but the dialogue between sides fell off.
“I know coach Yanowsky from his time with other schools, and he is a good guy and came in and sold the trip to Corey well,” he added. “Corey has to leave next Tuesday for Hawaii to play in an All-American bowl, and then when he returns he has to get ready for another All-American game. It should be a busy time for him, but definitely a fun one.”
This will be the final trip for Lemonier, who will take in Baton Rouge from Friday through Sunday.
“Obviously, making this trip shows that LSU is in Corey’s top five,” Berman said. “When he returns, he will sit down and weigh the pros and cons of each school and go forward from there.”
With the Tiger staff having recently offered new defensive line talent, and pursuing those already offered whose recruitment may have faded (such as Lemonier), the 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect would be a huge land for LSU late in the game.
Prior to his visit, it appears the Tigers are in a good spot.
“There is no question that Corey’s main goal is the ability to play early, and LSU offers that,” Berman said. “I did not think that playing early was the big selling point in getting him on the trip, but it will make a big impact on his final decision.”