USC Pursuing Lee

Gardena Serra safety Marqise Lee is one of the best athletes in California, and recently received offers from USC and UCLA, after an impressive start to the 2010 season. Look inside for more.

Gardena Serra safety Marqise Lee is one of the best athletes in California, and recently received offers from USC and UCLA, after an impressive start to the 2010 season.

The four-star prospect turned two short passes into long touchdowns in Serra's 34-7 season opening win over Notre Dame High School.

He finished the night with 3 catches for 150 yards on a game that was televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

His outstanding performance caught the eye of Lane Kiffin and the USC coaching staff.

Marqise Lee goes up high to make the play.
"I had a game at Notre Dame and then all of the sudden a couple days later people were hitting me up asking if I got an offer from USC," Lee said. "I was like, ‘I don't even now yet.' I finally went up there to check and they gave me the offer."

Lee came away very impressed with his visit to USC.

"For me it was great because I don't really like talking to coaches on the phone because to me it's nothing," he explained. "I like seeing a coach face-to-face and talking to him. That makes it even better.

During the meeting, the USC coaches let Lee know that he can play both football and basketball for the Men of Troy, which is what he is hoping to do.

"I was believing everything that they said and I was just happy to get an offer," Lee said.

Lane Kiffin also gave the young WR/DB some advice on how to become a more complete player.

"He's a great coach. He saw my film from Notre Dame and was actually telling me what I did wrong and what I did right," said Lee. "I fully appreciate that and I know that he is a good coach and willing to help."

UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel called later in the week with an offer from the Bruins, and with the two local schools in pursuit, Lee now has plenty of options, and is undecided on whether he wants to leave California or stay local for college.

"UCLA offered too. I talked to the coach a couple of days ago and he told me over the phone that he did," Lee said. "I was surprised by that one too because I didn't know about it.

"I was pretty happy because I wanted to leave (California) and now it's like 50-50. With USC and UCLA offering me it just makes it a better decision for me because if I stay I have somewhere to go.

"I like all of the other California schools but those are the main two because if my mom wanted me to stay closer, I could be able to go to one of those two schools."

The Serra standout plans to do more research on Trojans and Bruins.

"I have only seen one USC game and haven't seen a UCLA game so I can't compare right now."

While his recruitment has started to really heat up, Lee has taken the process in stride and prefers to focus on his senior season, instead of all the individual attention he has been receiving.

"I'm not looking for the fame. This is all for my team," he said. "I am not worried about the interviews or the fame; I am just working out here so we can get the win for the team. That's all."

The two-sport star plans to take all five visits before making his college choice but doesn't know how he is going to fit them into his busy schedule.

"I am hopefully going to take all five (visits) but I just don't know when I will be able to do it because I have basketball season right after football," Lee said.

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