TT Spring Recruit Tour: GC's Jonathan Lee

OLNEY, Md. -- Good Counsel High has produced its share of Division I running backs over the last few years, and one who could be about to emerge this season is Jonathan Lee, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound sophomore bulldog who has a Ray Rice-like build. Lee didn't see the field much last fall due to Good Counsel's depth at running back, but the 2014 campaign is his year to shine.

OLNEY, Md. -- Good Counsel High has produced its share of Division I running backs over the last few years, and one who could be about to emerge this season is Jonathan Lee, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound sophomore bulldog who has a Ray Rice-like build. Lee didn't see the field much last fall due to Good Counsel's depth at running back, but the 2014 campaign is his year to shine.

"Last year we had three really good running backs so I was the backup. It was kind of tough, but those guys taught me a lot of things I could use for next season," Lee said. "I'm just really appreciative of the time the players and coaches gave me and how they helped me become a better player. The main thing they showed me was how to be a varsity running back -- my vision, how to take my steps through the hole, how to follow blocks and things like that."

Lee said his game is all about cutting back, finding the seam and then bursting through. His leg power and low base should make him difficult to corral, while his acceleration should allow him to shoot into the second level. He is currently running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.

"My two main strengths are my speed and my vision, but I have a lot to work on still," Lee said. "I want to be a better all-around athlete and player – just get bigger, stronger, faster."

While Lee has to prove himself on the field, his potential alone has already drawn plenty of early college looks. He has visited the likes of West Virginia, N.C. State, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Kentucky and Delaware and said each staff has given positive reports.

"A lot of the coaches from those schools have been by [Good Counsel] already," Lee said. "I'm having good conversations with them and some others too."

One of those "others" is hometown Maryland, which has assistant Mike Locksley recruiting Good Counsel. Lee said he hasn't spoken to Locksley at length before, but he has shook his hand and seen him in the school.

"I don't really know Coach Locksley yet, but maybe after this season or in the summer when I go up there I'll start getting in touch with him more," Lee said. "I'd love to be recruited by Maryland. I've always looked at Maryland as one of my favorites because it's the local team. It would be real nice."

Lee has only attended one college football game, and it came last fall when the Terps took on Old Dominion in the season-opener. He called the experience "wonderful" and said he'd like to return to Byrd Stadium again this coming season.

"The fans were real good there, and I enjoyed it," Lee said. "I think it would be fun to have my family and friends all there cheering for me in the stands. Location isn't a huge deal for me, but it would be nice to have my family at the games."

The Good Counsel youngster doesn't claim any early standouts, however. But he did mention that he has a dream school he'd like to hear more from.

"Penn State, definitely," Lee said. "It's a great university, they have a great stadium, great fans and a great history."

Lee will be camping at PSU this summer, in addition to Maryland, Buffalo, Delaware and a few others.

Why Buffalo and Delaware? Well, apparently Lee has a twin brother at Good Counsel, Joshua, who is drawing early looks from MAC and Division I-AA suitors.

"Josh plays linebacker, and he's getting interest from Howard, Delaware and places like that," Jonathan Lee said. "We're fraternal twins, but we don't look exactly alike. You won't get us confused if you saw us together. But, yeah, we're really close and it's really fun to play on the same team as him. Hopefully we can both have a big year this year."

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