K-State Gets Defensive End Commitment

MANHATTAn, Kan. - Kansas State received their fourth commitment of the 2014 class from Elijah Lee on Tuesday. In his first year as a varsity starter at Blue Springs High School in the Kansas City area, Lee dominated in the Suburban-Gold Conference at defensive end.

After receiving a trio of early offers from Kansas State, Toledo, and Wyoming, Lee decided he already had what he was looking for in his pocket and gave Dell Miller a phone call.

"I called Coach Miller at noon today and gave him my verbal commitment," said Lee. "The staff offered me a week after I was there on a Junior Day visit which was about two or three weeks ago. I decided to think about it over spring break and felt like it was the right place for me to be. It wasn't just the football program that caught my interest. They have a very good Engineering program and that's what I want to study. The football program is doing great, competing against the top teams in the nation and always ranked somewhere in the Top 25. It's a family oriented program. That's what they're always emphasizing to the players. I liked that aspect and the fact it's not too far away from home.

"In high school, I mostly play defensive end with my hand on the ground, but Kansas State likes me at outside linebacker. My specialty is speed off the edge, being able to put pressure on the quarterback, and holding up against the run. I haven't had the chance to speak with Coach Cox yet, but I'm planning on talking to him tonight."

This was the second Blue Springs Wildcat to commit to Kansas State this month. Earlier in March, the Wildcats received a commitment from running back Dalvin Warmack. The pair led Blue Springs to a Missouri Class 6 state championship as juniors.

"The coaches like me to play defensive end with my hand on the ground because I'm at my best coming off the edge," Lee stated. "I'm standing up though in passing situations most of the time. Last season, I had 72 tackles, 33 and a half tackles for loss, and 18 and a half sacks. I was named All-State, All-Area, All-Conference, and a Junior All-American by MaxPreps.com. I won a Simone Award as the best defensive lineman in the area. It was a great year and will hard to top that as a senior, but that's my goal and to keep improving in all areas."

As a sophomore, Lee played at Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo. He moved to about 70 miles south to the Kansas City Metro with his mother so she could be closer to her job. Lee said he's planning on being back in Manhattan next weekend to take in a Wildcat spring practice.

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