Closer to home

When the Haiti quake hit, it rocked some recruits in Florida, too

Updated: February 12, 2010, 4:38 PM ET
By Paul Kix | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the Feb. 22 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Loads of mail, texts and pressure -- a blue-chip recruit's life gets crazy as his big decision nears.

And then there are the lives of Jeff Luc, Corey Lemonier and Giovanni Bernard. Yes, all three Floridians were being heavily recruited, and, yes, three of the interested teams -- UF, FSU and USF -- had suffered major coaching turbulence this winter. But neither Urban Meyer's health scare, Bobby Bowden's retirement nor Jim Leavitt's firing compared to what happened to the prospects on Jan. 12 -- because all are the children of Haitian immigrants.

Rivals.comDespite missing time with a foot injury, Lemonier finished 2009 wih 12 sacks -- and 23 scholarship offers.