Western Pennsylvania has been quite generous to the Michigan Wolverines over the last few years. The Maize and Blue has gone in and plucked out some of the Keystone state’s best gems in Marlin Jackson, Steve Breaston, and Ryan Mundy. The presence of the winged helmet doesn’t show any signs of fading as they are again in on some of the area’s top players. We’ve already profiled Justin King, Andre Mathis, and James Carson. Add Upper St. Clair High’s Sean Lee to the list. The young man is not only receiving attention from Michigan…he is also garnering interest from Pittsburgh, Boston College, Purdue, West Virginia, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern, Virginia and Notre Dame. I spoke with Sean’s father a few days ago and he indicated that as good as his son is now, he’s only going to get better as he starts to mature physically.
“He’s 6-3 205 and runs a 4.55-4.6 forty,” said Mr. Lee. “He’s never really seriously lifted weights before. He wants to put on some weight now so he’s really focusing on lifting and running. He plays like a safety but looks like he is growing into a linebacker.”
Also an accomplished basketball star, Sean made the WPIAL Conference first team at point guard. Despite the demands of playing both sports, Sean never sacrificed his academics. “I’m fortunate in that I’ve never had to push him to do anything,” said Mr. Lee. “He gets home late every night and still has a 3.8 GPA. He played about 80 basketball games a year between his high school team and AAU. When you factor in that number of games, plus practices, plus football and then realize that his grades have never fallen…it’s an admirable accomplishment. It’s unbelievable how hard he works!”
With a young man that is such an excellent player on the hardwood, the obvious question is will he want to play both sports at the next level. That, however, doesn’t look to be in the plans as Sean has given up the roundball in order to focus on improving his gridiron skills. “Pitt West Virginia and a few other schools are talking about him playing both sports, but I don’t know how realistic that is,” Mr. Lee said. “I think he prefers football. He wants to see just how good he can become.”
Sean doesn’t have any offers on the table to date, but the prospects of that changing in the very near future look very promising. “We just got back from Notre Dame and they treated us very nice,” Mr. Lee said. “They want us to come back. Plus, I have a son that is a kicker at Pitt and we’re supposed to go there next weekend. The coaching staff requested both parents be there so we take that as a good sign.”
The Wolverines are in line for a visit as well. There are plans to attend Michigan’s summer camp in Ann Arbor, at which point the staff will get an opportunity to witness him in action. (Mr. Lee informed me that a tape is also on the way to Ann Arbor). The Lee’s summer schedule is busy, as they plan to make it to a number of universities before the autumn leaves start falling. “We’ve been to Pitt, Notre Dame, West Virginia and we also went to Ohio State last summer,” said Mr. Lee. “We would now like to make it to Michigan, Penn State, Virginia, Duke, Purdue, Northwestern, and Boston College.”
GBW will have more from Sean himself very soon.