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Signing Day Spotlight: Darta Lee

The letter is in for Sugarland (TX) Hightower OL Darta Lee. Here's a closer look at the new Illini signee.

Commitment Date: 1/25/2016

Twitter Handle: @DartaLee

Why Illinois?

Following his decommitment from Houston a while back, Lee needed to find a home where he could best utilize his strengths.  Combine that with Illinois OL coach AJ Ricker's strong ties to the state of Texas, and it makes sense why Lee was drawn to Illinois.  

A big-bodied lineman who will land on the interior, Lee plays a smashmouth brand of football and could help Illinois regain some identity in the run game.


The former Houston commit is a big lineman who plays with a nasty streak.  A physical run blocker, Lee plays until the whistle and often won't let up on a block until his defender is pancaked to the turf.

Lee lined up at tackle for Hightower, but is probably an interior lineman at the next level.  He opens up solid running gaps and does a good job of getting to the second level and setting up blocks for run plays down field.

Lee moves well in a straight line, however, he will need to improve his ability to flow with the play.  Along those same lines, he will need to improve as a pull blocker, especially in an offense that runs a lot of bootleg plays like the Illinois offense.


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