Alec Lemon Update
A year ago, Alec Lemon was a virtual unknown in recruiting circles. So the Arundel (Md.) wide receiver did what his coach told him to do – he got a personal trainer and improved upon his speed and strength. He also got to as many college camps as possible and along the way, transformed himself into a Division I prospect.
"A year ago, I don't think he was one," said Arundel head coach Chuck Markiewicz. "He got himself a trainer and he was at some camp or another every week [this summer] … He wants to get better and he's very goal oriented."
Lemon, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior, was running the 40 yard dash in the 4.8-second range. This summer he clocked in around 4.5 seconds at a couple of camps and earned an offer from Syracuse, which he accepted last month, becoming the first Arundel player to go to SU for football since safety Anthony Walker in the late 80s.
"I think coach [Randy] Trivers was pretty instrumental in it because he kept after him a lot. He felt it was a great fit for him," Markiewicz said.
Last year, Lemon posted 70 catches for 969 yards and 13 touchdowns in Arundel's prolific spread offense, en route to all-county and honorable mention all-state honors. What few know, however, is he'd likely have been the trigger man had Arundel not had senior Nick Elko, who ripped the state passing record book to shreds. This year he'll play some quarterback as well as some on the defensive side.
"He'd probably have had a shot but he decided that Nick was a year older, and if he played wide receiver he'd be catching a lot of those passes," Markiewicz said. "He throws a nice ball."
Though not a speedster, he has good quickness for his size and the ability to make tacklers miss.
"He gotten faster but he's been around a 4.7 kid when we've timed him. But with a defender chasing him it might be more like a 4.5. He's got what I call ‘hub-cap speed': how fast you run with your neighbors' hub-cap in your hands," Markiewicz said.
Markiewicz also said Lemon's biggest strength is his attitude and work ethic.
"He's a phenomenal kid, that's probably his biggest strength. He's a great player but he's a great kid. He has a tremendous work ethic and is just a great kid to be around," he said.
He added that the only way he could envision Lemon looking anywhere else in terms of his recruitment would be if the current staff isn't retained after this season.
"I just hope the people who recruited him are still around," Markiewicz said. "I'm rooting for them to win. They've got great tradition up there. I know that's something his father talked to them about and evidently whatever they said made him feel comfortable."
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