Alta DB Prospect One to Watch

Alta's Austin Lee turned some heads during BYU's Junior Day last weekend and hopes to turn even more heads during some offseason combines and camps. He made a big impact while starting as a sophomore for Alta last season, and that could very well lead to scholarship offers from Division I programs in the near future.

Austin Lee is a 5-foot-11.5-inch, 185-pound defensive back prospect from Alta High School in Sandy, Utah who is just beginning his recruiting process as a 2012 recruit. After being invited to BYU's Junior Day and putting in a good performance at the Ute Shoot held at the University of Utah, he's starting to turn some heads and serve notice as a top in-state recruit for 2012.

Lee played cornerback for Alta last year as a sophomore, recording five interceptions and returning two of those for touchdowns. He also recorded 60 tackles, and looks to only improve upon those numbers while expanding his role within Alta's defense this coming year.

"I'm going to play some safety this year, most likely," he informed. "I just played corner last year, but coaches have told me that they may have me play back a bit in certain situations this year."

During his latest outings at BYU's Junior Day and the Ute Shoot, Lee showed very good feet and adequate speed, which could translate to some scholarship offers in the near future. So far he's been hearing from both BYU and Utah with Oregon sending him a few letters.

"BYU coaches and Utah coaches are both telling me that they like what they see, and that they want to see more of me at camp," he said. "I talked to Coach Doman and to Coach Howell a lot while at BYU's Junior Day and they said that they like my footwork a lot, while Utah coaches were sort of telling me the same things and then telling me to stay humble during the recruiting process and other things."

During BYU's Junior Day, Lee was able to go up against some of the best local talent, which is always one of the highlights for attending players. During one-on-one drills, he came away impressed with two athletes in particular.

"Zach Van Leeuwen from Timpview was really good. He was a challenge for sure to cover. Dylan Collie was also really good too. He's a bit shorter than his brother was, but he's really a good player. He's quick and he runs great routes."

Lee has trained with a bunch of the top Bingham prospects at SPARQ, where he's been able to increase his speed, agility, strength and all other aspects involved with becoming a Division I athlete. He's gotten his forty time down to about the high 4.5s, but wants to improve that time and with everything else as the intense camp period is about to start.

Most prospects make names for themselves between their sophomore and junior years while attending both national combines and team camps, and that is something that Lee is very aware of.

"I want to show coaches that I can play," he said. "It would be great to get an early offer because I really want to play in college. I've quit playing other sports so I can concentrate on football, so hopefully it works out."

So which school does Lee prefer at this point?

"I don't have a favorite," he responded. "I like both BYU and Utah. I love watching them both play and would love the opportunity to play for either of them. Right now, I just want to prove that I'm worthy of a scholarship and we'll see if I can get an early offer."

Beyond just Utah and BYU, Lee is hearing from a lot of schools including Stanford, UNLV, Hawaii, Oregon State, San Diego State, Arkansas, Wyoming and Colorado among other programs. He's been invited to attend Stanford's NIKE camp, Hawaii's and San Diego State's camp with more invitations likely on the way which will keep him busy throughout the summer.

TBS will keep tabs on Lee throughout the recruiting process, as he looks to be one of the top in-state prospects for 2012.

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