Interview: Terrell Lemon

Carol City had an amazing number of kids on their defense last year sign Div 1 scholarships. The exact number was eight and one other graduated. The two returners to that group? Everyone knows about Glenn Sharpe, who I think is the best package of a cornerback prospect this state has to offer.

However, when it comes to pure cover skills, Sharpe's not the best on his own team. That handle belongs to Terrell Lemon.

Lemon is coming off an excellent junior season that had him labeled as one of the county's top returning defensive backs. I knew of him, but not as much as I do now. I watched him in the spring and in a game that saw Sharpe sit on the sidelines nursing a track injury, Lemon was awesome. That really sparked my interest. Then he went to UM's summer camp and put on a super performance that made me believe he's one of the top cornerback prospects in the entire state.

Lemon is on the smallish side weight wise, much like Terrell Walden at Edison. However, his game matches up against just about anyone in the county. At UM's camp, Lemon checked in at 5-foot-10 and 161 pounds. He ran the camp's fastest 40-time on a wet grass with a 4.45 timing. He also turned in a 36-inch vertical jump. To put that 40-time in perspective, the state's best prospect (Devin Aromashodu, who's a legit 4.48 kid on grass, ran a 4.51 at UM the same day). So you could comparatively say Lemon is a legit 4.42 kid on grass. Either way, he's plenty fast enough and you can see this when he plays.

Your current core GPA: I'm not sure. It's right around a 2.1 I think.

Your current test score: I only got a 760 on my first try, but I am studying to take it again next month. (editor's note: Lemon has already passed both sections of the HSCT)

Talk about your experience at the Miami camp: I did really good. The coaches were great, and there was lots of competition.

Which schools called you in May: The only coach that called me at the house was Randy Shannon.

What's he talking about: He just talked about how they like me and they'll be recruiting me, that type of thing.

Any scholarship offers yet: No.

Who are your three favorite schools: UM, FSU, and Auburn.

Lemon, who is a cousin of Duane Starks, is not even mentioned as a Div 1 kid when you talk to Carol City coach Walt Frazier. I actually thought he was an underclassmen, and when I found out he was a senior, I called him up because if I were a college coach, I would have definitely called him in May. Interestingly, Miami felt the same way.

It's very rare for a kid to get a call from Miami, but nobody else. People can say what they want, but Lemon is a player. He's a Top 50 kid overall inside the state is better than a lot of defensive backs upstate who are being recruited by several Div 1 programs. Just give him time, and if he gets in a better academic situation by the end of the season, he'll have a lot of schools banging at his door. Since he's not in the same class as Sharpe/Hester/Walden, I think an offer from UM will depend on how he brings his grades up and where those three choose to play college ball. But Lemon is definitely a kid to remember and to keep your eyes on. I will!

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