Big Time Safety Likes Duke

One of the biggest names remaining on the Duke's big board for the class of 2005 hails from Pittsburgh, PA's Upper Saint Clair High School. After being recruited by Duke for a while, Sean Lee has the Blue Devils among his leaders.

"Right now there are three schools that I'd consider leaders," said Sean Lee. "I have offers from Duke, West Virginia, Iowa, Miami of Ohio, and Indiana. Duke, West Virginia, and Iowa are my top three at this point."

Other schools to throw their hat in the mix with heavy interest include Maryland, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, and Penn State.

Standing 6-foot-3, running a 4.55 forty, and tipping the scales at 210 pounds, Lee currently plays strong safety for Upper Saint Clair, but that may not be where he lines up next fall.

"A couple schools are recruiting me to play outside linebacker, but others want me to stay a defensive back. It all depends on how big I get."

Duke is among those schools who is recruiting Lee to fill the void at outside linebacker thanks to his combination of strength and speed.

"He really began hitting the weights hard last year says," Sean's father. "Right now he's a good size for safety, but he's concentrating on running and lifting and will probably grow into a linebacker."

When quizzed on Duke, Lee indicates that the Blue Devils' academics are a big draw for both him and his family. And then there is the opportunity to earn early playing time.

"They are really playing a lot of freshmen this year, and the team continues to improve. The coaching staff is really committed to turning things around down there."

So far Lee has spoken mostly with head coach Ted Roof, and assistant Scott Brown, both of whom make it known that they consider Lee a vital part of the rebuilding process. However a decision isn't expected any time soon, as Sean has yet to take any official visits.

"I'll look in to those after the season. Mainly I want to see what's out there and what each school has to offer. I need to make sure I can be happy for four years there."

Note: Sean is a two-sport star that helped his Upper St. Clair basketball team to the PIAA playoffs as a junior. Starting at point guard and small forward, he averaged 17 points a game for the Panthers who finished up with a 21-5 record.

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