Come Jan. 7, Salesian (Los Angeles) cornerback Deommodore Lenoir hopes to make headlines for his stellar play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, but Tuesday afternoon he was making headlines for a very different reason.
After originally committing to Oregon in June, Lenoir, Oregon’s highest ranked recruit in the 2017 class, announced via Twitter that he was decommitting from the Ducks.
Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich was fired hours later.
“That was somewhat the reason I decommitted,” Lenoir said of Helfrich’s firing. “The main thing was that I just wanted to weigh out my options to see if I was making the right decision. I’m just taking my time with everything.”
On Thursday afternoon, Lenior was presented with his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“It’s an honor because I’m the first player at my school to play in this game,” said Lenoir, who is ranked the No. 83 overall in the Rivals 100. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of this game and now I’m in it. I’m not too worried about my recruitment; it’s just going to be an adjustment.”
Nothing new for Lenoir; he’s been adjusting all season.
Back in mid-November, Salesian lost its quarterback Robbie Blosser to an injury, and Lenoir stepped in and thrived scoring 30 touchdowns on the season. On the defensive side he snagged two interceptions and had 60 tackles.
“It was fun playing quarterback,” Lenoir said. “I was a dual-threat and just did whatever I could to help my team win.”
Lenoir led to Mustangs to a 7-4 record and earned Co-MVP honors of the Angelus League.
As for his recruitment, Lenoir said he plans “to take more visits and go from there.”
“I’m not sure where all I’ll be visiting yet,” said Lenoir, who reportedly holds 28 offers. “Right now, the only visit I know I’m going on is to North Carolina on January 13. I’m still considering Oregon, too. Like I said, I just want to weigh out my options. Then I’ll make a decision on Signing Day.”
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