Lee commits to Army

There's a lot Army fans will like about newly committed Dejoun Lee of Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.) High School. First, there's speed. Lee has a personal best of 4.42 in the 40-yard dash and 10.93 in the 100-meter dash. There's also his sensational career at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County, Va. where he starred on both sides of the ball.

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound athlete gave his verbal pledge to his Army recruiter, Jay Bateman, a week ago, but announced it publicly on Monday, January 26th.

"It was such a good deal (at West Point)," Lee told ArmySports.com. "You get to play top-of-the-line football in at the D-1 level. For me it was about the people, the brotherhood, and being a part of a great team. Going to West Point will guarantee I have a job for the first five years out of college, if not for life.

"I've been on campus twice on unofficial visits, once during the summer, and then in October for the Ball State game. It always amazes me, every time I visit, to see such a historic place and to know the value of it. It's definitely something that stayed with me when I went to make my decision.

Going into his junior season, Lee was patently waiting his turn at running back and also playing in the Lake Braddock secondary. A injury occurred to the starter, Trevor O'Brien, mid-way through the season, which, in turn, catapulted him into the role of the feature back the rest of the way.

"It was a breakout (junior) season for me," said Lee. "I had been behind that running back for awhile and it allowed me to showcase what I can do. I started hearing from Army shortly after the season ended. Coach Bateman came in and told me how much they loved my speed, loved my passion for the game. He said they were going to offer me at slotback.

"One of my main problems in getting yards (in high school) was defenses key on who's going to get the ball. In the triple option, it's so hard to do that, if it's done right. We know Army does a great job running the attack and I think it will be the perfect fit for me."

Lee chose to attend West Point over a partial scholarship offer from Stetson and several D-2 offers.

"After committing to Coach Bateman last week I breathed a huge sigh of relief," he said. "It's a great feeling to know what the future has in store for me."

As a senior, Lee was first team all-district in Virginia Class 6A despite missing two regular season games due to an injury to his right foot. He was only one of two players in the state of Virginia with more than 1,000 rushing yards and more than 500 receiving yards on the 2014 season. Lee, a direct admit into the United States Military Academy, will have a good chance to play early next seasaon. He'll be taking his official visit to West Point the weekend of January 30th-February 1st.

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