Alta's Austin Lee receiving local looks

Alta High School's Austin Lee looks to be one of the state's top football prospects for the 2012 signing year. He was recently named by Scout as the #17 prospect for the entire Northwest area and is receiving his share of early recruiting attention. TBS caught up with Lee to learn of who is recruiting him and what his plans are this coming summer.

Austin Lee is a 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back prospect from Alta High School in Sandy, Utah. He was given his first scholarship offer by Utah State this past summer and is looking for even more offers by the end of this coming summer.

"That was great to get offered by Utah State," he said. "It's nice getting that first offer and knowing that you'll have a chance to play football in college. I like Utah State's program for sure."

Lee has received most of his interest from the other local schools, primarily BYU and Utah. He recently attended BYU's Junior Day and came away impressed.

"I spent a lot of time talking to Coach Doman and with Coach Howell, and they're great guys for sure," he commented. "They're coaches that you'd want to play for. It was great hearing from Coach Mendenhall and I really like BYU's program."

Cougar coaches told Lee that they have their eye on him and encouraged him to attend their camp, where he could be evaluated further. Utah coaches have told him similar things.

"Both BYU and Utah coaches have contacted me a lot and they both just want to see more of me at their camps," he explained. "I'm definitely going to attend both of their camps and I also want to go out to Stanford's camp since they're recruiting me as well."

Lee's teammate and good friend Rhett Sandlin received an offer to play for BYU and quickly accepted the offer.

"I'm very good friends with Rhett," Lee said. "We work out a lot together and we have a lot of respect for each other. I wasn't jealous of him for getting a BYU offer at all. I was happy for him and I know that he's very excited to play for BYU."

Lee is anxious to prove his worth this coming summer and maybe get a scholarship offer from BYU, like his teammate, as well as other offers.

"It's important for me to show that I can play and that I can compete at the next level," he said about his upcoming camp schedule. "I really like BYU and I like Utah as well. Stanford is the out-of-state school that I'm most interested in, so I definitely want to go there and prove that I can play. Hopefully things work out for the best."

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