"I'm sure a lot of people say it," he conceded. "But I really love the academic side of [Northwestern]."
The four-star outside linebacker from Lawrence Central HS (Ind.) took note of the mentorship program—something that evidently stands out in his busy recruitment.
"They give mentors to their players," he said. "A lot of those guys will say: ‘I own a business … I'm CEO of this.' That impressed me a lot and that shows what a degree from Northwestern can get for you."
But what could Lee accomplish for the Wildcats? He attracted attention at a Pike HS workout on Wednesday—including from NU wide receivers coach Dennis Springer.
Springer, who actively recruits the area, latched onto Lee early in the process. Lee said that he's still growing acquainted with NU and hopes to build strong relationships with the coaching staff.
That began with Pat Fitzgerald. The two have spoken over the phone on multiple occasions, and met during Lee's visit.
"He's a younger guy and actually played there," Lee said. "I liked him a lot."
Aside from that, he's been in frequent contact with Randy Bates—his potential position coach if he chose to attend Northwestern.
With careful and consistent attention to Lee, NU has placed itself squarely in the running. The top-25 outside linebacker has obviously received significant attention, and holds more than 10 high-major offers.
In the short term–probably by the end of summer–he plans to select his college destination. It may be long-term consideration, though, that puts the Wildcats over the top.
"Football can only last so long," he said. "I'm going to a degree to fall back on."
No better place than here.