Georgia could be one of the favorites for a 5-star defensive end out of Florida but the Bulldogs need to pick up their recruiting efforts if they hope to make a run.
That’s the word from Marc Berman, who coaches Corey Lemonier at Hialeah High School in Hialeah, Fla. He said the Bulldogs and defensive coordinator Willie Martinez were all over Lemonier back in the spring but that they haven’t heard much from them since and they’re not sure why.
“Right now all he’s done is take a trip to Florida State,” Berman said Tusday. “He’s going to take one to Florida and probably to Auburn and he’s probably going to be open on his last trip. Georgia was recruiting him back in the spring but I haven’t heard from Coach Martinez or any of their coaches lately.”
Berman said he and Lemonier attended a Georgia game as unofficial visitors along with another one of his players, defensive tackle Corey Liuget, who eventually signed with Illinois. “So he’s familiar with the program,” Berman said.
Berman was asked if the circumstances would make the Bulldogs an extreme long shot.
“I wouldn’t say that,” he said. “Georgia has always been there. I have a very good relationship with Coach Martinez and I think a lot of the program there. . . . The only thing that needs to happen is they need to make more contact and maybe they can get his last visit.”
It could be that Georgia figures it has enough defensive ends. The Bulldogs already have five committed to sign in the 2010 class, six if you count Douglass’ Garrison Smith, who has and can play on the outside.
The other D-ends on the books are T.J. Stripling of Southwest DeKalb, Dexter Morant of Manning, S.C., Brandon Burrows of Marietta, B.J. Butler of Kissimee, Fla., and Jalen Fields of Dalton. Odds are not all of those prospects will play out on the edge. At least a few could be converted to tackle.
Berman contends few could be better than his guy. Lemonier is 6-foot-4, 235 pounds and has run a 4.6 40. Berman said it’d be worth Georgia’s while to check out his other defensive end. Calvin Smith is 6-5, 280, and has offers from most of the SEC and ACC schools.
“Corey and Calvin both took the same recruiting trip [to Florida State],” Berman said. “Both of them liked it a lot but there’s not favorites right now at this point.”