Coming From All Angles

Head coaches are getting in on the act of recruiting four-star defensive end Corey Lemonier.

The talented standout from Hialeah Senior High in Miami, Fla., communicates with Florida's Urban Meyer, Tennessee's Lane Kiffin, and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis.

Weis sends regular emails to Lemonier.

"It's an email like I just came back from practice today, the first day of spring practice, and first day of pads, and he talks to me about stuff like that," the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Lemonier explained.

Two of Weis' assistants are also keeping in touch with Lemonier. Bernie Parmalee and defensive line coach Randy Hart are helping with the full-court Irish press.

Parmalee handles Lemonier on the phone as his main recruiter, and Hart sends emails. With a bevy of scholarship offers from places like Florida, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Miami and Illinois, Lemonier is getting near daily correspondence from the Notre Dame program.

"Coach Hart sent me an email today saying visualize sacking the best quarterback in the country," Lemonier said. "Visualize you stopping the run.

"He's really passionate, he's really passionate about the d-line. It shows me he's really into the game."

Hart would certainly like to coach up Lemonier's game, watching him get to some of the quarterbacks on Notre Dame's schedule.

One of the best players at his position in the country, Lemonier had 50 tackles, 10 sacks and two safeties as a junior.

"I'm going to take my visits," Lemonier said, adding that he is planning on making a late decision. "I'm going to visit the colleges and check out the campuses. I'm supposed to go to Florida next weekend."

That will be Lemonier's first trip to Gainesville. So far, the only school he's ever visited is Miami for a recent spring practice. Lemonier said a trip to Notre Dame this summer could be packaged with one to Illinois.

"I've been talking to a coach Parmalee about going up there to visit the campus."

During the next conversation Lemonier has with Parmalee, he plans to talk to him about what classes he needs to take for his Notre Dame scholarship offer to stay legit.

"I have to ask him about those AP classes because those are hard classes, and I don't want my GPA to go down. I'm also going to talk to one of my counselors and see if they can help."

Lemonier says he's humbled by the attention the three Notre Dame coaches have shown him.

"Just them recognizing my talents," Lemonier stated. "Just being down south, I wouldn't think Notre Dame would be recruiting down south. That shows me they're really interested in me."

Lemonier knows one other player that Notre Dame has recruited from the south. Junior running back Armando Allen played at Lemonier's rival high school in Miami. The two have not spoken since Lemonier was offered by the Irish in early February.

"Because he's from Hialeah, all the way up there to Indiana, that's kind of, I want to know why he chose it," Lemonier explained. "I want to know why he chose Notre Dame, and I want to see for myself." Top Stories