North Carolina will host its big official visit weekend beginning on Friday. Four-star cornerback Deommodore Lenoir will headline the group of visitors.
Enticing the nation's 87th-ranked prospect to visit is a coup in itself. When that prospect lives on the opposite coast -- Los Angeles, to be exact -- it's quite a feat.
"Coach [Charlton] Warren came to his house, sold early playing time and things like that, and the kid was feeling Coach Warren," Los Angeles (Calif.) Bishop Mora Salesian assistant coach D'Vah Thomas said. "And then Coach [Gene] Chizik came out to visit with the kid and let him know the chances to play right away. It was a big factor and they did a good job."
According to Thomas, Warren and Chizik envision Lenoir playing cornerback and handling return duties. There's also a chance offensive packages will be created specifically for Lenoir.
"They want to use him kind of how SC uses Adoree' Jackson," Thomas said.
In the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last Saturday, Lenoir played cornerback, where he broke up a pass and made a tackle. He also returned a punt 18 yards and a kickoff 72 yards. A play after his 72-yard kickoff return, the West offense scored.
For Bishop Mora Salesian, Lenoir did a little of everything: completed 30-of-50 passes for 595 yards and six touchdowns; rushed for 1,172 yards and 17 scores with a 10.9 average; caught 25 passes for 663 yards and seven TDs; collected 52 tackles, an interception, and three pass breakups, on defense; averaged 26.7 yards as a kick returner; and averaged 32.7 yards and scored two touchdowns as a punt returner. That's a grand total of 2,846 yards, while finding the end zone 26 times.
"He's a humble kid with a great work ethic," Thomas said. "He's competitive and he's just an electrifying athlete -- probably the best that I've ever coached in my life."
Lenoir spent six months on Oregon's commitment list. When his tenure ended, schools nationwide came calling, according to Thomas.
After returning from UNC, Lenoir is scheduled to officially visit Nebraska (Jan. 20) and Southern Cal (Jan. 27). Oregon, which he officially visited in October before Mark Helfrich's ouster, remains in the running, as does UCLA. Thomas says he's also been in recent communication with Baylor and Mississippi State.
Lenoir will announce his commitment during a ceremony at Bishop Mora Salesian on Signing Day. Thomas didn't want to comment on UNC's chances with Lenoir, but did reveal that he has family members in N.C.