Lee Shines At Camp, Talks Recruitment

New Albany, Ohio athlete Darron Lee had a solid performance at Ohio State's camp on Sunday, especially when considering he matched himself up with the other elite prospects in attendance. Lee talks about his performance and his interaction with OSU's coaching staff inside.

The Ohio State coaching staff has expressed steady interest in New Albany, Ohio athlete Darron Lee, but the 6-3, 205-pound prospect understood he'd have to perform at a high level at the program's camp on Sunday if he wanted to be worthy of a scholarship offer.

To Lee, that meant more than just making plays in the pad-less drills. Instead, he did his best to match up with consistently with other elite prospects to show the Buckeyes staff that he is good enough to be considered on of the country's top prospects.

That mind-set turned into consistent matchups with Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland safety Vonn Bell in drills. Bell, a five-star prospect that is one of the most coveted uncommitted players in the 2013 class, found steady competition on the drills from Lee.

"It was just competitive more than anything," Lee told BuckeyeSports.com when describing his competition with Bell. "I didn't want to lose, he didn't want to lose and he was going to push me on everything and I was going to push him on everything. On one-on-ones he showed up and did pretty well and I guess I did, too.

"I feel like I competed to the best of my ability. Of course there is always room for improvement in everything, so there are things I could have done better. Competitiveness-wise, I didn't want to sell myself short. I wanted to be with the best on every single rep."

Matchup up with Bell – a prospect the Buckeyes have offered and hope to earn a commitment from – was likely a good strategy for Lee to take, particularly because he was more than proficient in the drills.

Though Lee didn't leave the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with a scholarship offer, the three-star prospect was told by co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell that the coaching staff is going to evaluate his performance and reach out to him shortly.

"They wanted me to come to camp just to see where I would fit in because I am an athlete," Lee said. "They said they wanted to see what I can do and they put me everywhere. I didn't get a chance to throw or warm up, but I did mainly wide receiver, corner and safety stuff.

"Coach Fickell said he wants to get me to sit down with (Urban Meyer), so we will see where we go from there. It will probably be on the phone, but if not he can get me to come down and talk so we can all sit down."

Recently picking up scholarship offers from Arizona State and West Virginia, Lee has accumulated more than 10 opportunities. Despite growing up in Tennessee before his family moved to the Columbus area in 2007, picking up the local offer from Ohio State could be a turning point in Lee's recruitment.

"It would be huge," Lee said when asked what an offer from OSU would mean to him. "When I lived in Tennessee, Coach Meyer was a household name. Growing up, I thought to myself if I would play for Florida – you think about those things growing up."

Lee will continue to focus on the programs that have offered him – joining ASU and West Virginia on that list are programs like Boston College, Illinois, Purdue and others – and he'll make an effort this summer to make more visits.

"Really, it is about visiting," Lee said. "The only two places I have really visited and seen is Boston College and Cincinnati. I am going to Illinois this upcoming Friday. I may make an attempt to get down to Morgantown and see practice."

Ohio State worked Lee out at safety, cornerback and wide receiver, so he didn't have the opportunity to throw for the Buckeyes staff. However, Lee is concerned only with where he fits best for playing time at the next level.

While Lee would certainly prefer to play quarterback in college, he is looking for the right situation for him regardless of position. Lee, who is expecting a phone call from OSU at any time, would like to hear what the Buckeyes have in mind.

"Wherever I can shine," Lee said. "If that's defense, in (Ohio State's) eyes, then it is defense. If it is offense and getting the ball in my hands, so be it. I would have to say (if I had my choice) it would be on the offensive side. I like having the ball in my hands. If that's wide receiver, that's fine, but I wouldn't mind being the quarterback, being the leader.

"Of course getting a feel of where you fit best on the field would be a factor. I don't think position would be a deal-breaker, but whatever the position is, I'd have to see playing time, also. I don't want to go somewhere and sit. If they were to say ‘if you come here as a wide receiver and you'd play freshman year or sophomore year,' I'd probably look at that opposed to something else."

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