Cards have interest in Cincinnati tight end

Tight end Taylor Lee (6'6, 225) of Cincinnati (Oh.) Elder High School is attracting attention from a number of programs throughout the region, with Louisville among those expressing the most interest in the 2014 prospect.

Taylor Lee, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound tight end from Cincinnati (Oh.) Elder is among the 2014 prospects that the University of Louisville has began recruiting heavily.

The rising junior has started to attract attention from a number of programs in the region and with recruiting interest climbing, Lee kept an eye on Wednesday's National Signing Day events. While he admits that the going through the recruiting process can be a bit much, reaching that moment of signing a Letter of Intent is a motivating one.

"It makes me excited to get to where they were," said Lee of watching others sign with their schools of choice on National Signing Day. "It makes me want to work even harder, so I get to that point."

"It's a really neat thing to go through," he continued. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime type experience. It can be a little overwhelming, because I get a lot of phone calls and a lot of letters. It's hard to keep track of all of them."

Lee joked that his family may need to install a larger mailbox.

"I've been hearing the most so far from Indiana, Louisville and Boston College."

As for Cincinnati, the hometown school, Lee has visited in the past, but has yet to receive any contact from the new coaching staff that took over the Bearcats program following the 2012 season.

Lee visited Louisville last September and was in attendance for the Cardinals 35-7 win over Missouri State. One of his closest friends, a childhood friend and former Elder teammate, T.C. Klusman, is a member of the Cardinals offensive line.

While his friendship with Klusman may appear to give Charlie Strong and his staff an early advantage, Lee anticipates looking into Louisville and others more closely before claiming any favorites.

"It's too early to have any favorites and I'm looking forward to seeing what all the schools have to offer," he explained. "I'll be looking at the school and it's academic programs. The fan base and their excitement for the team is something I look at, too. The coaching staff and how well I get along with them, plus what type of offense they run."

Lee has invitations to Junior Day camps at Indiana, Louisville and others, but has yet to schedule any upcoming trips.

"I'm trying to decide which junior days to attend, but I'm not sure right now," he said.

What is clear, is that Lee is looking forward to becoming a contributor at the next level.

"I just like playing football and I look forward to helping out wherever I end up going."

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