August 12, 2008

Lemon narrows list, sets visits

Gambrils (MD) Arundel wide receiver Alec Lemon has not seen the offers flock to his door this recruiting season, but that has started to change. Two weeks ago the offers started to come in, first was Delaware and second was Syracuse.

Lemon, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds knew that Syracuse was interested in him, but the offer from the Orange really surprised him.

"I was excited, but first I was surprised because I had not talked with the coaches in a couple weeks because they were on vacation. When I got the call they told me that they wanted me to call them back as soon as possible because it was important. I didn't think they were going to offer me, I just thought they were going to talk with me about some of the same things we talked about in our meetings. When they offered me I was surprised and happy."

Syracuse feels that they can line up Lemon at any of the receiver positions and create mismatches. Orange Running Backs Coach Randy Trivers new that Lemon had the tools they were looking for. Before Trivers could come through with an offer he had to have Lemon show his skills at the Orange football camp.

"Coach Trivers said that once he saw my film and came to my school he knew I was the guy and he just wanted me to show my talents off to the other guys."

Before the offer came from Syracuse the Maryland product had already had some positive feelings about the school.

"The school is really good, I like how the campus is set up and there academics are really good. I am looking to major in engineering and I am sure they have a great engineering school. The program is good. It's a little down right now, but I feel that we can bring it back up and I can be apart of that team."

With some solid thoughts about the school how was his visit to Syracuse?

"It was good actually, we got up there a day early and I got a tour of the facilities, the locker room, and the weight room. The next day I camped and I liked how they did a lot of one-on-ones. The coaching staff was really good; I spent a lot of time with Coach White the receivers coach. After that I got a tour of the whole campus and ate in the cafeteria, it was really nice."

The future college receiver also talked about what he liked most on the quick visit to Syracuse.

"The campus, the facilities, the indoor [facility] was nice because I like being indoors. I also liked the fact that if you are a football player you get an apartment with one other person. That seems kind of nice compared to a small dorm."

Other than Syracuse, two other programs are showing a lot of interest in the receiver. One of the other schools has offered while the other has not.

"My top three is Vanderbilt, Delaware, and Syracuse. I think they are all tied, I just need to look at the schools closer and take some official visits."

Vanderbilt, the only one of those three that has not extended an offer at this point, told Lemon to be patient.

"Vanderbilt told me to be patient with them over the summer and they said that they will be in contact with me."

An early decision was the ideal way to end recruiting, but with the offers not showing up until lately plans have changed.

"During the summer I was thinking about committing before the season started. Since the summer was winding down and I did not get that many offers until last week I was thinking about taking sometime in between football and some official visits and then deciding from there."

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