Despite the lack of a visit, four-star running back Adarius Lemons has had a strong affinity for North Carolina. That visit void is scheduled to be filled before the calendar flips to April.
“I’m leaving this Thursday to visit North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Auburn,” Lemons said. “I’m going with my coach. I don’t know the [exact] travel plans. I’ll know Thursday.”
Prior to this four-school tour, the only program Lemons, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound Clearwater (Fla.) product, has visited is Florida.
Lemons has told anyone that will listen that UNC is his strong leader.
“Just talking to the coaches, and getting to know the coaches, and being high on their recruiting board,” Lemons said. “Just knowing that they really want me means a lot. I just want to go visit just to see how it is.”
In particular, Lemons has a strong relationship with Chad Scott. Scott grew up in Plant City, which is less than an hour east of Clearwater, and played running back for the Tar Heels during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. As a Kentucky assistant coach, Scott began recruiting Lemons. Scott’s efforts, though, increased when he returned to UNC as an assistant coach in January, according to Lemons.
“We just have a very good relationship,” Lemons said.
Now that Scott and the other coaches have set a strong foundation, Lemons’s focus is learning about UNC.
“I want to see everything,” Lemons said. “I want them to let me know everything that I need to know about the school.”
Over two dozen schools have offered Lemons. Among the offers are Auburn, Central Florida, Indiana, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.
When Lemons was asked who was UNC’s strongest competition, he flatly responded with “Nobody.” As such, he admitted that he could commit to the Tar Heels before leaving Chapel Hill.
As a junior, Lemons rushed for 1,054 yards and 11 touchdowns on 135 carries (7.8-yard average). He also caught nine passes for 38 yards.