November 22, 2009

Will Lemonier bang the Vols' drum?

Hialeah, Fla., defensive end Corey Lemonier was really looking forward to his visit to Tennessee as he worked through another week of high school. The weekend finally came and went and the South Florida native flew home impressed with the Volunteers football program.

"They are definitely high on my list," Lemonier said. "They are someone I'm really considering hard. I guess we'll see what happens."

The highlight of the brief trip to the Volunteer State was the chance to spend time with Lane Kiffin and his staff.

"The coaches are really good," Lemonier said. "They have a lot of NFL experience and put a lot of players in the league. They have a bright future and they are really pumped about what they are doing there."

Lemonier tallied 50 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior and the chance to see what life would be like as a Tennessee football player really opened his eyes to making the move away from his home state.

"I was really impressed by their meetings," Lemonier said. "I got to sit in on a meeting and they are really good with their players. They also know how to get everyone pumped about the game. They were beating on drums and throwing chairs. Even Monte (Kiffin) threw a chair. It was pretty awesome."

While Lemonier has a fondness for defensive legend Monte Kiffin, he spent a great deal with Vol defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who is well known for his recruiting and coaching ability on a national level.

"I spent most of my time with coach (Ed) Orgeron," Lemonier said. "He set down with me and showed me how the practice and what they do to become better each and every day. He has a history of putting players in the league and so does Tennessee's program. I'm just trying to find the best opportunity for me."

Lemonier will visit Auburn next week and doesn't plan on making a decision anytime soon.

Rivals.com rates Lemonier as a 4-star defensive end in the class of 2010.

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