Irish impress potential five-star linebacker

Top ’19 linebacker Shane Lee made his first visit to Notre Dame on Sunday. The explosive Baltimore product liked what he saw.

Four-star linebacker Shane Lee got offered by Notre Dame back on March 6. Since then, the Baltimore product has been in touch with Irish linebackers coach Clark Lea and has grown a strong interest in the program and what it has to offer.

Lee met Lea in person and toured the campus and facilities on Sunday during his first unofficial visit to Notre Dame.

“It was nice,” Lee said. “I mostly spoke with coach Lea. We talked about schemes and where he saw me fitting in and different things that they do defensively.”

Lee has mentioned to Irish Illustrated in the past that he was looking forward to meeting the Irish coaching staff face-to-face and taking in the storied University and football program.

The in-person meeting with Lea was a success.

“I like him a lot,” Lee said. “It was different meeting him in person rather than talking to him on the phone. He’s an interesting person but someone I want to get to know better.”

The rest of Lee’s visit went well. He felt he was introduced to all aspects of the University and left with a clear understanding of what Notre Dame is about.

“I toured campus, came back to the weight room, saw the new additions they’re adding to the program and the campus, I talked to a few people and that was kind of it,” Lee said.

“I didn’t know what to expect but it was beautiful. They have a lot to offer.”

Going forward in his recruitment, Lee is taking a slow, methodical approach.

Until his offer list develops and he takes more visits, the 6-foot, 240-pound backer won’t be announcing a top group or leaders.

“There’s no rankings,” Lee said. “I’m not going to put them behind or ahead of anybody else. I’m just going to take it slow. I don’t have any deadlines or things like that.”

Once Lee left South Bend, he headed to Wisconsin for an unofficial visit.

Lee holds offers from Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Toledo.

Considering his strong, mature build, on field production and high GPA, Lee should be one of the most heavily sought-after linebackers in the 2019 class.

Notre Dame has built a strong bond with Lee, who is seeking the best balance of strong academics and athletics available. Top Stories