"I committed to Mississippi State today," said Lee, who chose MSU over scholarship offers from Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisville, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tulsa and Arkansas State. "I've been real big on Mississippi State from the beginning. When I talked to (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom (Wednesday) and he explained exactly how they wanted to use me that really sealed the deal. Plus, them only being an hour and 15 minutes away was important. And he told me to be prepared as a freshman. And that's what I wanted to hear."
And receiving the commitment news from Lee was exactly what Coach Croom wanted to hear.
"He was the first person that I called. He was real excited. He told me about how excited he was and how he is going to make big things happen with me," said Lee. "Then, I called (MSU offensive line) Coach (J.B.) Grimes and he told me how they will work hard to make me an All-American. He told me about the fullback (Ethan Stockett, 6-1, 250) that has committed and that they have a quarterback (Chris Relf, 6-3, 206) that has committed. That's the foundation right there. Plus, they have the young offensive linemen. He feels that with this class we will compete with anybody in the nation."
Lee explained why he decided to commit early.
"By me committing early, I can focus on the team and on my academics. I can focus on the important things like getting the younger guys prepared for this season," said Lee, who ran a 4.38 forty and vertical leaped 40 inches while measuring in at 5-11 and 202 pounds at the 2005 Iowa camp. "I'm not worried about myself. I'm not worried about playing college football. When I step on that football field I'm worried about my team. I want to be the leader I should be as a senior."
While he won't be focusing on his recruitment any longer, he does plan on helping the MSU coaching staff recruit a player or two. In fact, he's even set his sights on a player who lives just a few miles from where he lives.
"Could you put this in the article," the 5-11, 189-pounder asked? "I am going to try and get (linebacker) Jonathan Frink from Oxford (High School). He is a cool guy and I'm a big fan of his. I looked at his video and I like the way he plays."
Check out Lee's video.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing email@example.com.