Tennessee in the running for Lemonier

Tennessee picked up a key commitment from Calvin Smith last week. Smith's teammate, Corey Lemonier, has taken most of his official visits with his friend. Will the five-star defensive end follow Smith to Knoxville? Go "Inside" to get their coach's thoughts on the situation.

Two Florida high school teammates have taken most of their official visits together and both have verbally stated they would love to play at the next level together.

Now, the question most Tennessee Volunteer fans want an answer for is if Calvin Smith's recent pledge to the Vols will translate in teammate Corey Lemonier following suit.

Inside Tennessee.com spoke to both young men's head coach Mark Berman recently to get his thoughts on the situation.

"Tennessee is looking really good for Corey right now," Berman stated. "He likes Tennessee a lot. There are four schools in the running; the Vols are definitely in there for his services."

Smith and Lemonier are currently participating in an All-Star game together. While Berman acknowledged that both have talked about playing at the college level together, that won't be the final factor for the five-star Lemonier.

"If Tennessee is where Corey ends up it will be because that's where Corey felt the most comfortable at," Berman said. "It won't be just because of Calvin."

Berman had a lot of great things to say about Lemonier.

"He has the quickest first step off the line of scrimmage of anyone I have coached in 27 years," Berman stated. "He reminds me a lot of Jevon Kearse. He is a physical freak. He is really strong. He is one that will likely being playing on Sundays after just three years in college."

Berman also has been impressed with Lane Kiffin and his coaching staff.

"They are doing a great job of recruiting these guys," Berman said. "Monte (Kiffin) is one of the best in the business and Ed Orgeron is a great defensive line coach."

Only time will tell if Lemonier will follow one of his best friends and teammates to Knoxville. Volunteer fans are sure hoping he will.


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