Signee Offers Help In Secondary

This cornerback prospect has the chance to come in and challenge for playing time right away with the loss of three seniors from last year's club.

Miami, Fla.--A position of need for the 2003 Auburn Tigers got some immediate help on Wednesday as Christopher Columbus High's Patrick Lee signed with Coach Tommy Tuberville's program. After losing three seniors off last year's team, this was a big pick-up for the Tigers heading into next season.

A 6-0 ½, 183 cornerback and safety for Christopher Columbus, Lee has been a starter for two seasons for the 6A team in what is considered by many to be the toughest high school football league in the country. Leading his team to a 7-3 record (forced to forfeit four games because of an ineligible player), he had 70 tackles, three interceptions and four blocked kicks on defense and also added 12 kickoff returns for over 200 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown.

While his football exploits are impressive what he does off the field may be even more spectacular. A track star, he won the state championship in the long jump with a leap of 23'10" and ran a time of 10.9 seconds in the 100-meter dash. He also competes in the 200-meter dash, the 4x100 relay and the high jump.

Lee considered North Carolina State, Michigan State, Rutgers, Florida and others before deciding on the Tigers. He is widely considered one of the top cornerback prospects in Florida this season.

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