Like many targets high on its recruiting board, Brandon Lee received the red-carpet treatment on his Iowa visit Friday. The four-star outside linebacker met one-on-one with Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, who let the Indianapolis product know just how much he'd be welcomed into the program.
"We spoke in general about school, and his philosophy of coaching," Lee said. "He said they really want me."
Scout.com ranks Lee as the 25th-best player at his position nationally in the 2014 Class. He reports scholarship offers from, among others, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Purdue and California. He's receiving consistent interest from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State.
"I'm not sure when I'm going to narrow things down," the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Lee said. "It's just depending on how things go the rest of this spring and summer. I want to make my decision after my senior season."
Iowa offered a scholarship to Lee a year ago. The Hawkeyes have worked hard for a commitment at a position of need.
"They just say that they like my athleticism, versatility, ability to play in space, and my love for the game," Lee said.
Lee liked what he saw on Friday. He has viewed Iowa as a good program for a while, he said.
"The academic side of it impressed me a lot," Lee said. "And the opportunity of me being able to play early there also is attractive."
Lee isn't sure about his initial college major, but he hopes to one day become an orthopedic surgeon.
Lee was headed to Northwestern after he left Iowa City on Friday.
"I had a good visit today (at Iowa) but I'm not ready to start comparing schools and putting them in order and narrowing down my list," he said. "I'm taking my time."