Lemanuel Jeanpierre of Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek is happy with the progress of his season, his recruiting, and everything else besides the weather. That, he says, has not been going so well.
“Things are going good except for the hurricanes coming through,” Jeanpierre said. “They’re tough man.”
The defensive lineman has scholarship offers from UConn, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Central Florida, and is hearing from new schools every day, including a new offer from Indiana and two more he expects soon.
“Coaches are still calling me. I’m getting a whole lot of letters, and sometimes when I don’t get coaches’ calls when I’m working out I try to get them back,” Jeanpierre said. “The Georgia Tech coach came to visit, they’re recruiting me hard, and Cincinnati is pushing hard too. Both schools are going to offer me, and a lot are trying to get me to go visit, but I plan on taking my visits when the seasons over.”
With all the activity surrounding him and the season in full swing, Jeanpierre said he plans to focus on the rest of his season before narrowing his choice.
“I have no leaders. I’m just focusing on the season now,” he said. “I guess the teams that have offered me I give the edge, but if I get more offers that will just broaden my choice.”
With Jeanpierre’s work ethic and the season he and his Timber Creek teammates are putting together, his list of scholarship offers likely will continue to grow.
“We’re 2-1 right now and our team’s been pretty good. We have good running backs and a really good offensive line,” Jeanpierre said. “I’ve been playing pretty good. I never give myself an A because I know I can always play better, but I’ve been pretty close. They’ve been running away from me, but I always look for the bootleg, and I always push myself to be better.”
He’s living up to the hype that made him a first team all-Orange County selection by the Orlando Sentinel as a junior, and he may eclipse his junior numbers of 96 tackles and nine fumbles.