Lee Takes In Illinois Junior Day
Elijah Lee transferred to Blue Springs (MO) High School last May, reuniting with childhood friend Dalvin Warmack. The two had been best friends since they were toddlers, and both entered the 2012 season unsure what their roles would be. Eight months later, Lee has a Missouri Class 6 State Championship ring, along with all-conference, all-metro, and all-state honors after tallying 72 tackles and 15.5 sacks for the Wildcats. He was also the recipient of the Buck Buchanan Memorial Award as the "most outstanding lineman or linebacker" in Kansas City. Now, Lee is one of the top defensive end prospects in Missouri as he begins the recruiting process. The talented junior pass rusher made one of his first stops in Champaign on Saturday for Junior Day at Illinois. "It was pretty nice," Lee said with a grin. "They gave us a tour around campus. I was just looking around, gathering information really." The 6-foot-3, 210-pound end knows strength and conditioning will be critical to his success as a collegian. The Illinois football training facility was a big draw for Lee. "They gave us a tour around campus," he said. "I liked the facilities. Knowing they have one of the biggest weight rooms in Division 1, that's pretty nice. They are getting a new scoreboard, and they are adding onto the facilities, so they should be nicer than they were before." Lee prides himself on his academics. Regardless of his college choice, getting a degree is a priority for him. "Their players graduate three and a half years," he said. "If they get the chance to go to the pros, they can work on their masters degree and still be able to train for the NFL." "Whoever gives me the best option, that's where I'm going to end up. A big part of it is how the school is, like the engineering department." Lee and Warmack have talked about playing college football together for most of their lives. For Lee, staying together for four more years could help them reach their ultimate goal. "It would be pretty nice because we've known each other," Lee said of his almost lifelong friend. "Maybe we could make it to the next level because we push each other and work hard every day."
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