SEVERN, Md. -- St. John's (Washington, D.C.) is all of a sudden full of a lot more intriguing prospects now that Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) and other schools have broken up some as far as top talent, be it Kasim Hill the Terps’ quarterback commit, or possibly by the fall IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Terps’ pledge Cam Spence, who may also spend his senior year at the Northwest, D.C., school.
And some of the recipients may be rising seniors like slot receiver Ed Lee, who knows a bit about the pigskin.
Lee, whose father starred at Wilson High School (Washington, D.C.) followed by South Carolina State and for a few years was a member of the Detroit Lions of the NFL (also a receiver), was another name to watch at the April 23Quarterback Factory Showcase in Severn put on by local guru Chris Baucia and staff.
Lee, a small but fast-twitch play-maker at 5-feet-9, 170-pounds, runs a 4.55 40-yard dash. He has interest and contacts now from the likes of Wake Forest, Maryland, Delaware, James Madison, Towson and South Carolina State, the latter two which have early offered.
The Olney, Md., native has heard from UMD recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim a few times, and hopes to camp at College Park, Md., with Hill and other teammates this summer.
"I have spoken them a few times, while Kasim is now my teammate," Lee said. "Growing up I watched Maryland on TV as much as I could."
His pops was also at the event, and played in the mid-80s in Detroit.
"My dad, probably just mostly about catching the ball, working as hard as I can, and study hard as well," Lee said of fatherly advice.
Lee was just coming off a recent trip to the Gossett Football Team House at UMD.
"Maryland, I went up there the other day, met them [the coaches] all, and I went with Tyree [Johnson] and Kasim, I like the staff a lot," Lee said. "We were just hanging out."
This will be Lee's third season at St. John's. He is excited about the addition of a passer like Hill for the fall.
"Oh, it is great," Lee said. "We had a couple of quarterbacks, but they were just not on the level of Kasim. He is accurate, he knows where to throw the ball at the right time. He just knows the game well."
Lee may go down as having one of the biggest social media moments at this month's Nike Opening in Virginia, a spectacular grab that went viral soon thereafter.
"Well, I ran a ‘sluggo’ [route] on a guy and Kasim threw it to the outside shoulder," Lee explained. "And I didn't think I could get the other hand free for ball so I just reached out with my right hand and I got it. And it just went viral. It was wild, it's like at two million views so far. It's by far my biggest catch [laugh]."
Lee hopes to study business at college.
"Coming here today, I just want to show out, do as well as I can," he said of the Quarterback Factory Showcase. "After my catch last week, a lot more college coaches started following me [laugh]."