Perhaps one of the best wide receivers on the east coast that no one has heard about is Emani Lee from Anacostia High School in Washington, DC. However, the senior wideout will be hard at work in 2005 to prove he's one of the region's best as the year unfolds.
After a junior season that saw Lee collect close to 600 yards receiving and seven touchdowns on offense as well as three forced fumbles, one interception and 25 tackles at free safety on defense, the senior prospect now focuses on bettering those stats in 2005.
This past summer, the 6-2, 177 pound prospect ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at Maryland's camp and was offered a scholarship shortly thereafter according to Lee. He's also received an offer from Temple.
The Terrapin offer has gone a long way toward establishing Maryland as the early favorite for Lee.
"Right now I would say Maryland is No. 1," said Lee. "I'm also looking at NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech. I would say NC State is No. 2 or 3 right now.
With Maryland, I like coach Friedgen. They've got a good program and academics and he's very strict about the class work and that's something my parents like. Plus, it's close to home. They're the only school I've been to so, really, I've got to get to some other schools so I'll have something to compare them to."
One school Lee hopes to get a closer look at is NC State. The Pack has been recruiting him for months and the senior wideout likes what he's heard about the Wolfpack program.
"I like NC State," he said. "I like their style of play because they like to pass and run the ball. Over the years they've developed some good QB's and that's something that's important to me because you want to know that a team is going to have someone that can get you the ball."
Lee plans to have his decision made before the new year and knows exactly what he'll be looking for when it comes time to make a decision.
"I really want to play for a team that fits my style," said Lee. "I'm also looking at academics because you need a degree to fall back on when football is over."
Lee plans to major in Criminology.