Cards land versatile DB in Lee

Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson has been good to Louisville the past few years. Two years ago, the Cardinals snagged running back Bilal Powell from the Florida powerhouse. Now, Louisville has received a commitment from Powell's cousin, three-star defensive back Richard Lee.

"I'll tell you why I think it was a good choice," Lake Gibson coach Keith DeMyer said. "He's got a cousin up there, Bilal Powell, so that probably had a little to do with him deciding to go there."

In Richard Lee, 6-1, 190, Louisville is getting a defensive back with good size, speed and versatility.

"He's a DB that can do it all," said DeMyer. "He's a great lockdown corner. He's a physical kid and he runs a high 4.4. He did a great job starting for us the last two years. He was the guy for us that played against the opponent's best wide receiver."

Though Scout.com rates Lee as the nation's No. 100 safety prospect, DeMyer said Louisville will probably try him out at cornerback in the fall.

"I think they're looking at him as a corner but I think he's got possibilities because of his range, ability to run and athletic ability to also play safety," DeMyer said.

Lee, who made 54 tackles as a senior, chose Louisville over UCF, West Virginia, Purdue and Ball State.

"He was real interested in UCF and took that trip to UCF this weekend," DeMyer said. "He (visited) West Virginia and he had an opportunity at Ball State and Purdue. But those two – Louisville and UCF – were the two that he felt would really fit him well."

With signing day quickly approaching, Lee didn't waste time making a decision after a weekend visit to Orlando.

"When he came back from UCF a couple days later he decided that Louisville was a little better fit than UCF," DeMyer said. "He said he just felt more comfortable and the people a little more personable at Louisville. Plus, with Bilal up there that probably helped a little too."


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