New Houston Yates coach Clarence McKinney is sold on his talented quarterback.
McKinney, who quarterbacked the one-time Houston powerhouse program in the mid-1980s, has returned to coach his alma mater and tutor the inner city school's favorite son Orie Lemon.
"Right when I got here I was most impressed by his work ethic," McKinney said. "It's unbelievable. Orie is an easy-going kid with a great personality and great leadership qualities. Not to mention he has unbelievable talent."
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Only Texas has offered Lemon, who has not taken either standardized test, but McKinney's office is full of mail from national programs wanting to offer the Yates athlete.
"He really wants to play quarterback," McKinney said. "He's pretty raw but his leadership is so that we need him at quarterback. He should really be playing defense, he's an ideal Sam linebacker."
McKinney, who played quarterback at Montana State and was the recruiting coordinator at Booker T. Washington and running backs coach at North Shore, will help Lemon in his recruiting decision.
"I'm going to try and make him see all the options," he said. "We will be discussing things like playing time, his major of interest, graduation rates and social life issues when choosing a school. And whether a school will give him a shot at quarterback."