January 16, 2012
Lee on the rise
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With junior film starting to make its way out, one junior prospect on the rise is New Albany (Ohio) athlete Darron Lee. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect was a standout on both sides of the ball this past season and college programs are definitely starting to take notice in Lee's athleticism and versatility.
"Cincinnati, Ohio State, West Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan State, Northwestern (are showing interest)," said Lee.
In addition to the above programs, Lee recently picked up his first verbal offer and it was a big one as it came from Boston College out of the ACC.
"I felt pretty great about it," Lee said. "I was really excited, especially when coach (Ben) Sirmans came by the school. I was definitely excited to get that one."
While Lee is still in the early stages of his recruitment, right now he has three schools sitting at the top of his list.
"Of course Boston College because they offered me," Lee said. "The hometown team Ohio State and Urban Meyer are up there and Cincinnati, that's all for now so we'll just wait and see."
As a Columbus area prospect it's not surprising that Lee has taken an interest in Ohio State but his admiration of the new Buckeye's head coach started long ago.
"I'm originally from Tennessee and down South at a young age I was hearing about the Florida Gators and Urban Meyer," he explained. "I got to watch them play on TV once and I loved it and I saw an interview with him and I just thought it would be great to play for him. Once I heard he was coaching Ohio State, I was very excited."
Coming into his junior season, Lee was planning on being the starting quarterback. While he got some reps at the position, his biggest impact came on the defensive side of the ball where he starred at free safety.
"There's room for improvement everywhere but I was pretty pleased with my junior season," he said. "I like the way the coaches used me as an athlete. I would have loved to have been on offense a little more but I learned to fall in love with defense and playing free safety. When you're winning games, everything is fun."
Having the ability to play safety, receiver, and quarterback makes Lee one of the more versatile juniors in the state of Ohio and he believes that makes him a more recruitable prospect.
"I'm actually a full believer in the athlete standpoint," he said. "I think more schools will look at you and if you can't play quarterback, you can play wide receiver or free safety. I think being an athlete is to my advantage, actually."
Lee will be attending a junior day at Ohio State on January 29th when the Men's Basketball team hosts Michigan.
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