CB.) Eric Lee
5-foot-11 / 170-pounds / Valor Christian high school (Colo.)
– Brandon Huffman, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst
Senior honors: Semper-Fi All-American / No. 1 player in Colorado / Scout.com Colorado Super-state defense
Senior stats: 59 tackles, 1 sack, 10 pass deflections, 5 interceptions
The lowdown: It’s very rare for recruits who grew up in the Lincoln area to say no to a Nebraska offer. Colorado prep Eric Lee hasn’t lived in Nebraska his entire life, but the relationships he did make were crucial in the Huskers landing him last February.
Both of Lee’s parents graduated from Nebraska and his father worked on campus when Eric was a kid. Lee grew up hanging out with D.J. and Trey Foster, both players on Nebraska’s roster.
"My connection to Nebraska is one of the main reasons why I chose to be a Husker," Lee explained at the time of his commitment "After having lived here and coming to my campus with my dad when he worked here it felt right; I just had the feeling while I was here of being at home.
Lee has spent his high school career at Valor Christian high school, winners of six straight Colorado Class 5A state championships. A three-year starter at a school that is known to produce multiple D-1 prospects a year, it’s easy to see his talent level makes him worthy of the No. 1 player in Colorado.
Nebraska wasn’t the first to offer the high school All-American, but did jump into his recruitment pretty early, extending a scholarship nod two months before his junior season. Calling Nebraska his home at the time, it became more of a question of when he would commit, than if.
The commitment came during Lee’s junior day. The four-star defensive back pledged his services to the Huskers and immediately started working on four-star DB attendee and friend Avery Anderson, a fellow Colorado prep. Anderson would commit the following day, switching his verbal from Arizona State.
For much of the 2014 year, Lee became a huge advocate for the Huskers, often calling prospects and hitting multiple home games in Lincoln to talk with official visitors. It wasn’t until the firing of former head coach Bo Pelini that Lee’s commitment status was ever in doubt.
But, just four days after the hiring of Mike Riley, Lee repledged his 100 percent commitment to Nebraska, after hosting the head coach during an in-home visit.
“I like Coach Riley a lot," Lee said. "He's a down to Earth guy. He's a Christian which I really respect and like about him.”
The Huskers cause was helped when Riley retained the services of secondary coach Charlton Warren – Lee’s main recruiter in 2014.
Why Nebraska: “Being able to put on that Nebraska jersey for the first time sealed the deal for me and how I feel about the university. I met with the admissions people and got to see how everything is set up academically. They really set you up to succeed. I also got to meet Dennis Leblanc, who my father knows personally since his time here at Nebraska."
Who else: Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Oregon State.
Who recruited him: Charlton Warren
Scout.com rating: 4-star player (No. 17 CB in the country) / No. 153 overall in the country
BRR projection: Lee is a tremendous athlete who is a natural at the cornerback position. He can really flip his hips and has this tremendous ability to run with his man and find the football in the air with his man on his hip. With his desire to enroll early, we see Lee as a three-year starter at Nebraska with the ability to contribute right away in 2015. He will likely redshirt, but is a great get.