Lee wants to excel close to home

Mauriece Lee was one of Arizona's first commits. Read on for why he is coming to Arizona, his thoughts on the idea of playing close to home, and more.

After visiting the University of Arizona last year, Tempe Marcos De Niza athlete Mauriece Lee had an idea he would become a Wildcat.

"Checking out Arizona was eye-opening," Lee said. "You can tell everybody is working hard and there is a really good camaraderie with the players and coaches."

Lee was drawn to Arizona for numerous reasons, but the deciding factor may have been how he will be used in the UA offense.

"The main thing though is I love the offense they run and how they try to take advantage of the offensive player's different skills," Lee said. "Getting to really talk with the coaches about their vision for the program was awesome."

In addition, Lee was able to build a strong relationship with Rich Rodriguez.

"Coach Rodriguez was another huge reason," Lee said. "He's been very successful and he really puts explosive offenses out on the field and allows his players to play to their strengths.

"He's intense, but he's not one of those guys who just has to go crazy all the time. When you think about it, who wouldn't want to play for him?"

Although Arizona was Lee's biggest offer, the ability to stay within the state would have always been a factor him.

"My dream is to play college football," Lee said. "I would go anywhere I felt was the best place for me, but I'm not going to lie, playing close to home is really cool because the people that I grew up with will be able to watch me and my family will be able to catch my games. Those kinds of things inspire me, so I'm excited for the next step."

Staying in the Pac-12 was also an important factor for Lee.

"My best friend is Priest Willis," Lee said. "It would have been cool if he came to Tucson to play, but I'm looking forward to getting him when we play UCLA. I also grew up watching Pac-12 football and the familiarity factor is nice."

Lee has worked hard in the classroom and already knows what academic path he will pursue.

"I want to major in business communications," Lee said. "Business interests me and so does the social part of it. I've heard good things about it, so I want to go down that path."

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