Weis Hand Delivers Lemonier's Offer

Being that Notre Dame sophomore Armando Allen is from Hialeah Lakes High, Corey Lemonier's rival school, he knows a lot about the Irish running back.

"I don't know him, but I've played against him, I've seen him play a lot and stuff like that," the Hialeah Senior High standout said.

Now, Corey Lemonier has the chance get to know Armando Allen as a person and possibly be his future teammate.

A couple weeks ago, while in Florida doing some 2009 recruiting, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis dropped in on the 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior defensive end's Miami high school, to personally deliver a written scholarship offer to Lemonier.

"That was the most impressive, the way it was done," Lemonier said of his offers. The Scout.com top-100 player also holds scholarships from the likes of Georgia, Florida, Miami, West Virginia, South Carolina, and most recently Tennessee.

"I was shocked because I didn't know he was going to come down here. That showed me he really wants me and stuff like that."

After the four-star Lemonier racked up roughly 50 tackles with 10 sacks including two safeties, it's easy to see why Weis and other top-notch head coaches want him on their team.

"(College coaches) like that I have speed, I get off the ball quick, and am a good pass rusher," Lemonier explained.

Lemonier, who says he doesn't have any early favorites, is very intrigued by his Notre Dame offer.

"Because they have Armando Allen and Jimmy Clausen, the nation's number one recruit, I think they can turn Notre Dame around to a good team.

"I know Justin Tuck went to Notre Dame too, and I like Justin Tuck a lot.

"When I read the scholarship, it had a lot of requirements to go that school, so I know the academics are really challenging. I like that. I have to talk to a counselor and see about taking four AP classes so I can get in."

Lemonier has visited every school in the state of Florida with the exception of Florida State. He hopes to see more schools around the country this spring, and doesn't plan on making a college decision until after his senior season.

"The first thing I'm looking for is academics, and then the football program and the environment, if I like the environment," Lemonier said.

Having Allen in South Bend definitely helps the Irish's chances as far as environment goes.

"Yes, because I can relate to someone and stuff like that. I won't be the only one up there from Miami.

"I'm going to take a visit up there."

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