We caught up with one of the most promising junior prospects in the Palmetto State recently, Blythewood cornerback Dominique Lemon. The 2015 prospect has shown well at various camps this past offseason and has already visited quite a few schools. The 5'10 163 pound corner will actually be taking a visit this upcoming weekend to check out an SEC school. With so many schools intrigued with him early on it's just one reason why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
As mentioned a host of schools have already been actively recruting Lemon and he talked about some of the schools he's heard from thus far.
"I'm very excited to visit Auburn because I've never been there. I've talked to a guy named Casey Woods, but I'm going to try and and meet my recruiter when I get there."
Despite an 0-2 record to start his junior season Lemon says he has confidence in his team and teammates.
"My junior season has went pretty good so far, we are at 0-2 but I believe my team and I will bounce back. I can definitely see the improvement in my game and my teammates. In 2 games so far I've got 12 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 3 pass break ups, and 60 return yards."
At 5'10 163 pounds Lemon has a frame that already screams that of a potential top flight cornerback. With long arms, athleticism, and a yearning to learn more and get better his upside continues to grow. He talked about the areas of his game he feels are his strengths and areas he'd like to improve upon moving forward as well.
"My biggest strengths to me would be my tackling skills, being able to recognize routes, and my man coverage. To get better I want to continue to learn more techniques as a defensive back and gain more knowledge and understanding of the game."
The 2015 prospect has visited quite a few schools and he shared which ones and what he liked most about nearly each one.
- Virginia Tech- is the first school I've visited but what I liked most about them is how they are dedicated to their players being successful at whatever they do.
- Mississippi State- when I first got there I met coach Collins and I really like his personality and that he's just such a high energy person.
- Alabama- their facilities just blew me away. The weight room, locker room, and their indoor facility. I also met coach Brown while I was there.
- Georgia- they had nice facilities too. I could definitely tell they had a great tradition at the school.
- UNC Charlotte- the campus really stood out to me and their stadium is pretty nice too.
Having attending so many camps and facing some of the toughest wideouts in the Midlands we asked Lemon who the toughest matchup for him thus far in his career has been.
"Cameron Sims (4-star Alabama commit) at the Georgia Camp. He's tall, fast, and a very physical wide receiver but I held up good against him."
The Blythewood standout already has a keen sense of what he'll be looking at closely when it comes time to make a decision for school. Football won't be the biggest basis for his decision either he informed us.
"A good graduation rate because I don't want football to be the only reason I'm going to a school so that's number one for me. I just want to be comfortable with the area I'm in. A team's style of play doesn't concern me too much but I do like a school that has a great football atmosphere. Also coaches that actually want the best for you off the field and on the field too."
Lemon says he doesn't really pattern his style of play after any particular players but that he does study a lot of NFL players to watch and learn technique to help improve his own skills.
This Friday Blythewood faces Westwood and Lemon talked about his outlook for the rest of the season.
"I just want to keep the same intensity every week and help my team to get better and better everyday."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Dominique Lemon following his visit with Auburn so keep it right here for more of the very latest regarding Lemon and other top prospects here in the Palmetto State!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...DOMINIQUE LEMON
Bench press: 240 pounds
Squat: 355 pounds
Power clean: 230 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.58 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.34 seconds