Lee Taking a Closer Look at Minnesota

Daphne (Ala.) defensive lineman Eric Lee has held a Gopher offer since last spring. He committed to South Florida months ago but is still looking at Minnesota. He will join his teammate Torren McGaster on an official visit to the Twin Cities this weekend.

The Gophers have been talking to Lee since the beginning of the cycle. Lee has been interested in Minnesota for some time but hasn't had an opportunity to take an official visit until this weekend.

"They've been in contact with since the spring," he said. "Coach Jay Sawvel came down to school one day and talked to a lot of the players. I kept in touch with him over the summer and everything like that. During the summer I wasn't able to take a lot of visits so me and another player with an offer on my team, Torren McGaster, are taking a trip up together this Friday."

Lee is looking for a number of qualities in Minnesota.

"The environment," he said. "The academic side of everything. Hopefully it's not too cold. The athletic side, the facilities and everything. The mall, it's supposed to be one of the biggest malls. Overall, just looking at everything since I've never been there."

Being from Alabama, the cold Minnesota winters are only a small concern for Lee.

"I've never seen snow so that's always been an issue on my mind because I don't know how I will react or how I will adapt to snow," he said. "A lot of people tell me you get used to it or if you are around it enough it grows on you. I'm basing my decision on what they have to offer."

Although he has not been on campus yet, Lee already likes some aspects of Minnesota.

"The aspect that they have a city not too far from the campus," he said. "The internships and companies right down the street because I want to go into business. That aspect of being close and having an opportunity just get in there and the connections with companies I can make and the networking that comes with it."

Lee is a South Florida commit and will graduate early to enroll in January. With time running out on his recruitment, Lee is still open to the Gophers.

"I'm pretty solid with my choice right now. It's getting down to crunch time now and it's one of those things that if I had more time, I would have opened it up to more possibilities. But as of right now, I'm pretty solid but I'm still open to Minnesota. They've been with me since the jump, since I started getting any offers."

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