Deommodore Lenoir had one of the better performances among a loaded group of defensive backs at The Opening Regional in Redondo Beach last weekend, and he landed an invite to this summer’s prestigious event for his efforts.
The four-star cornerback from Los Angeles (Calif.) Bishop Mora Salesian was physical near the line of scrimmage and stayed with receivers down field, displaying the coverage skills that have caught the attention of college coaches from across the country.
Lenoir had UCLA as his leader at various points last year, but he has since backed off those claims. New interest has caused him to take a step back and analyze his looming decision.
“Right now I’m open to everybody,” Lenoir told BruinReportOnline on Sunday. “I’ve been talking to a lot of schools lately. I don’t have any favorites, but I’m still high on UCLA. Ever since they offered me, coach Meat and I have been building a great relationship. It was an offer I wanted and it’s in LA, so that’s definitely a plus for me. One of my teammates, Rahyme Johnson, is on me every day trying to get me to go there with him, too.”
Lenoir said he noticed the Bruins’ need for cornerbacks last season, particularly when he attended games against Arizona State and Washington State at the Rose Bowl. That up-close look has him believing he could step into a role immediately.
Yet, with the added attention, Lenoir intends to assess all options. He picked up an offer from Oregon earlier this week, and has been on a bit of a roll with the likes of LSU, Nebraska and Texas A&M all joining the chase recently.
“I was going to make an early decision, but now I’m waiting a little bit,” Lenoir said. “I could commit this summer but I’m seeing who comes for me and staying patient through the process. I want to get out to LSU, Florida and North Carolina, hopefully this summer.
“I would want to make a decision at a big all-star game wherever I get invited.”
Check out highlights from Lenoir's junior season last year below: