CEF Scholar Among Top College Football Picks
Deommodore Lenoir is about to do big things. The senior cornerback from Bishiop Mora Salesian High School in Boyle Heights has been a top recruiting prospect of several NCAA Division I football teams since his sophomore year. While he has received playing offers from over 30 teams including USC, Notre Dame, and UC Berkeley, he has verbally committed to playing for the University of Oregon next fall. His decision to commit to Oregon comes from the influence of his good friend and mentor DeAnthony Thomas, an Oregon alum and current wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.
Lenoir has been a CEF scholar since 2010 while he was still in elementary school at Maria Regina School in Gardena. He chose to attend Salesian after being recruited to play high school football and has been on the varsity team since his sophomore year. But what very few know about Lenoir is that aside from being a star on the football field, he has consistently excelled in the classroom as well. He has managed to maintain a 3.0 GPA since his freshman year, with biology among his favorite subjects.
Next fall, Lenoir will be the first in his family to go to college. He is the ninth born of 12 children, which is why he proudly wears the number 9 on his jersey. While life has not been easy for him growing up in a full house, he is thankful to have older brothers and role models who have helped prepare him mentally and physically to succeed in football and academics.
During CEF’s interview, Salesian’s principal, Alex Chacon, shared his excitement for Lenoir. “He’s a remarkable young man. He’s very quiet and humble. He really takes care of business with his academics and his athletics. It’s really nice to see him thrive at school. He has the world in front of him and we are really excited for him.”
As a top recruit for some of the best collegiate teams, playing professional football is an obvious career goal for Lenoir. When asked where he envisions himself in 10 years, he responded, “I see myself at the White House holding up a jersey because I just won the Super Bowl.” However, come what may, he also added that Salesian will always hold a special place in his heart. He plans on giving back to the school and community as a donor and hopes to see the school in an even better place than it is now.