Lee leaves Tempe with an offer

Eric Lee heard glowing reviews of Arizona State from 2015 pledge and good friend Avery Anderson. Last weekend during his unofficial visit, he saw those accolades were backed up by reality. The ASU coaching staff in turn was just as impressed by the Colorado defensive back, who excelled in the team's Maroon and Gold Camp, as they extended him a scholarship offer.

"I knew that they were showing interest but I wasn't sure if they were going to offer or not," Lee admitted. "The coaches have been talking to me for a while and saw me at my high school spring practice. We talked and they asked me to come to their camp."

The 2015 prospect indicated that enjoyed working with safeties coach Chris Ball, who wasn't only providing him instruction during last Sunday's camp, but has also been very involved in his recruitment.

"I loved working with Coach Ball," Lee remarked. "He is a really good coach and all of the other staff they had at camp was really good. You can tell he really knows what he's doing. They made things easier for the DBs to understand things leverage wise, coming off breaks and stuff like that."

Aside from the football aspect of the school, Lee said that other features of the school did catch his attention.

"I really like the academic piece of Arizona State," Lee stated. "Coach Graham was saying how he got the team GPA up four points from a 2.2 to a 2.6. I also like the overall meeting rooms how each position room has its own history of that position. It shows you all the great players that played the position. You can walk through the hallways and see each time period of the program. If you come to ASU the coaches don't want you just a better program athletic wise but you can make it better academically, like Pat Tillman did."

The 5-10 170-pound Eric Lee recorded 40 tackles in his sophomore campaign, with ten pass breakups and a pair of interceptions. Former NFL All-Pro Brian Dawkins, who's son is on Valor Christian, has been helping out with Lee and the rest of the defensive backs.

"His backpedal is smooth, the hips quickly turn and he does an excellent job of finding the ball and staying with his man," said Fox Sports Next's National Recruiting Analyst, Brandon Huffman, who evaluated the Colorado defensive back. "His ball skills are tremendous and he'll also knock a receivers head off if given the chance. He'll be one of the top DBs in the region in the 2015 class."

Bell said the ASU coaches loved the physical manner he played with, as well as his footwork. He added that he didn't have a preference lining up at filed or boundary safety at the next level.

"It wouldn't matter to me either way because I know I can play a lot of press," Lee explained. "I know boundary corner gets blitz a lot and all that stuff. I would like to play boundary but the end result does not really matter to me that much."

Colorado and Nebraska have already offered the defensive back and it's no coincidence that those two schools have been pursuing Lee quite early in the process.

"My dad was a walk-on at Nebraska for one season, but he ended up tearing his knee very early," Lee said. It's a school I have always been around and I have always been able to go to their football games when I was a little kid. Actually have two of my best friends growing up are going there, D.J. Foster, he just committed, and Trey Foster, he is already there.

"Colorado is close to home and I like the coaching staff there. I like Coach Clark and Coach Lewis a lot. I like how Coach McIntyre, he is a specialty DB coach and that's good to have someone like that teaching you every play in practice or in a game."

Nonetheless, with all the built-in affinity Lee has for this tandem of programs, he feels just as strongly about Arizona State.

"Avery talked to me before," Lee commented, and he said ‘Oh, you are going to love Coach Ball and you are going to love Coach Graham', saying how the coaches are really nice. One of the things I liked about going down with Avery is that Avery used to live down there. If I go to ASU here is all these people that Avery knows that are so welcoming into their home if I was to make the choice to go down there as well. That is what I kind of liked about that."

Lee added that he has been receiving interest also from Boise State, Utah, and Colorado State. The defensive back said that he didn't expect to make a decision prior to the end of his junior year.

"Distance isn't going to matter," Lee said, "just the coaching staff, the coaching staff's experience, ,what type of defense they play, if they like to press a lot and what they do technique wise."

Click here for Eric Lee's sophomore season highlights.


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