Logan Lee is just a sophomore for Orion (Ill.) High, but after visiting Illinois, he received his third Big Ten offer.
“It was just unbelievable,” Lee told Illini Inquirer. “It was an amazing feeling, and I’m very thankful. The coaching staff, Coach (Luke) Butkus, Coach (Lovie) Smith, they were absolutely incredible.”
Lee, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound Class of 2019 tight end, already has scholarship offers from Iowa and Michigan.
“Coach Reese Morgan from Iowa came down to my school and talked to Coach Filler (Orion High’s head football coach) because I’m only a sophomore and I’m not allowed to talk to them yet,” Lee said.
Lee’s visit to Champaign lasted an entire day. But before he left, Smith pulled him into his office and offered him a scholarship.
Lee’s hometown of Orion has just a population of 1,800, so D-I prospects are extremely rare. But Lee is trying not to let the recruiting hype get to his head.
“Very uncommon,” Lee said. “We had a local kid in our conference and he was getting recruited by Wisconsin for basketball and to the best of my knowledge, that’s the only other small-town local kid that has come out of this area.”
It’s no secret that Smith’s pro-style offense needs a tight end on the field nearly 24/7, and Lee believes he could thrive at Illinois.
“It’s really nice that they use the tight end a lot,” Lee said. “I want to be on the field as much as possible, because I’m very confident in my skill set. And being in a system like Illinois’, that allows me to use my entire skill set.”
What intrigues him about Illinois?
“The coaching staff and the history behind everything they do is incredible,” Lee said, “Illinois is really high up on my list. Knowing that Illinois is my home state school, that is just very surreal.”