Lee Likes Iowa

Elijah Lee traveled to Iowa City last weekend to check out the Hawkeyes junior day. Find out what the Class of 2014 DE from Blue Springs, MO thought about the event in this recruiting update.

Elijah Lee excels on both sides of the ball at Blue Springs (MO) High. The Class of 2014 prospect clearly has the mentality for defense, however.

"I like hitting the quarterback and punishing the opponents," Lee said.

Iowa sees Lee as a defensive end and hosted him at a junior day on Sunday.

"I liked the visit for the most part," he said. "I liked how the stadium was right next to the field so the fans could kind of interact with the players and you can feel the excitement.

"I felt like the coaches interacted very well with us. I like how we went through a film session as if we were going there."

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Lee traveled to Iowa City with his Blue Springs classmate Dalvin Warmack, a running back. They've talked teaming up at the next level.

"If it comes down to it, we'll discuss it," Lee said. "If it seems like a good option to play together, we'll play together in college."

Lee, who is awaiting his first scholarship offer, reports hearing from Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State in addition to Iowa. He plans to be at Illinois this weekend and also has scheduled stops at KU (Feb. 16 ), Mizzou (March 2) and Lincoln for a Huskers spring practice.

Lee said he spoke with Hawkeye defensive line coaches Reese Morgan and Eric Johnson as well as linebacker coach Levar Woods on Sunday.

"They said they liked how I was aggressive," Lee said. "(Woods) said he liked how I came off of the edge."

Lee enjoyed what he heard in the film session.

"They stress that it's about working on technique so when it comes to game day you use all of that and get the job done," he said.

Lee, who also plays on the Blue Springs basketball team, reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds. He looks forward to bringing that athleticism to a college program.

"It's pretty open right now since nobody has really offered," Lee said. "I'm interested in how good the engineering program is and how well the community interacts with the student-athletes. A close community is important."

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