Jeremy Werner

Champaign athlete D.J. Lee visits Illini

Champaign St. Thomas More athlete D.J. Lee recaps his unofficial visit to Illinois

D.J. Lee long has held an offer from Louisville, one of the best teams in the country this season. So hometown Illinois probably is wise to get a closer look at the hometown product.

The Champaign (Ill.) St. Thomas More athlete visited the Illini for an unofficial visit on Saturday.

"I've been going to all these games since I was little," Lee said. "I like it a lot. I can see myself going here."

Lee, a 6-foot, 175-pound senior, plays quarterback for the Sabers but likely will play receiver or defensive back in college.

"(Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick) McGee was talking to me earlier," Lee said. "He was talking about how I was agile and can play all positions. He's looking forward to seeing how my season ends.

"They don't know what position they want to play me at. That's why they want to see my season play out and look at all my film and see where I best fit at."

How does Lee feel about possibly playing defense?

"I like it," Lee said. "I'm good at guarding. I need more work on my tackling. But I'm good at coverage."

And how about receiver?

"Louisville, my offer is for wide receiver," Lee said. "I went to a camp there and played quarterback, but they moved me to wide receiver and they liked me better as a wide receiver."

That Louisville offer was a game changer for Lee, who mostly has received lower level interest otherwise.

"I'm still hearing from Louisville constantly," Lee said. "It's just crazy to think I have an offer from them and seeing them face all these big schools and competing. It's just nice to know that I have an offer from a big school like that. They're still telling me the same thing, that they either want me for a DB or a receiver because their quarterback's pretty good (laughs). We'll just see how the season plays out and they'll let me know."

As for Illinois?

"McGee said he's going to check me out at one of my games coming up," Lee said, "so I'll look forward to that."

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