An offensive line prospect appreciates the importance of receiving a solid education.
Carter Lees is a 6 foot 5, 315 pound offensive lineman out of Sugar Land, Texas. When asked about his top priorities while going through the recruiting process, Lees said academics were easily the most important.
"Academics are definitely number one on my list. I want to go to a good school."
It is not surprising, then, that Northwestern is currently his top choice.
"I have been in contact with Northwestern more than anybody else. I've talked to one of their coaches and I'll be going to their blue-chip camp this summer. I think they are pretty close to offering me a scholarship."
"I get mail from Missouri about twice a week and one of their assistants talked to my coach."
Along with academic reputation, the football program and location will also factor into his decision.
"I need to get out of Texas. I'd really like to go up north somewhere. That's part of the reason I like Northwestern and Missouri right now."
In addition to being a good student, Lees has managed to perform on the field as well. Last year he earned first team all-district honors. Since the football season ended Lees has been working hard in the weight room.
"I was pretty out of shape last year so I've been trying to get into shape for next year."
Lees has lost nearly twenty pounds going from 334 to 315 this offseason. It should help with his agility and footwork on the line; his 40 time has already experienced vast improvement.
"I was running a 6.19 before but now I'm down to 5.5."
The improvement will no doubt have a positive effect on his recruitment. Maybe it will even result in a scholarship offer from the Tigers. But one thing is for sure, this academically oriented offensive lineman is on the rise.