Signing Day Impact: Darron Lee

It's National Signing Day in America, and recruits are faxing their letters of intent to their schools of choice across the country. Who is in the fold at Ohio State for the class of 2013?

New Albany safety Darron Lee was bound and determined to land an offer from Ohio State, and the 6-foot-2, 205-pound, athlete made a return trip to the Buckeye summer camp in an attempt to impress the staff.

Once he landed his offer, Lee wasted no time in accepting it, committing within days. He could play either safety or linebacker for the Buckeyes, and could be a force on special teams as well as a freshman.

BREAKDOWN: Good sized kid who has played all over the field. Shows good ball skills, hands, and timing when going up for passes. Displays a willingness to come up and hit, has good closing speed to the football, takes good angles and is a strong hitter and sure tackler. Has the frame and ability to play safety or even outside linebacker at the next level. - Allen Trieu

Looking at Lee's senior highlights, he had so many big plays that if we edited them all out, his highlight tape would be over 10 minutes long. He had that big of year. He's big, athletic, shows good ball skills and his speed was on display as an offensive player. With his size and ability to run, he offers possibilities as a safety or even a linebacker down the line. He definitely showed that he's willing to come up and lay a hit. You have to love a guy who's played all over the field, returns kicks, and quarterbacks his team deep into the playoffs. There's a lot to like about Lee, and he's a guy who is going to continue to move up in the rankings. - Allen Trieu

Lee On Choosing Ohio State: "I have committed to Ohio State," Lee stated. "I got the offer a short while ago, when I spoke to Coach (Luke) Fickell. He told me they were offering me a scholarship, and I couldn't believe it. Before I could even commit, Coach Fickell made me call my mom and my head coach, to tell them the news."

"Once I called the both of them, I was back on the phone with Coach Fickell, and I told him I wanted to be a Buckeye," he added. "My mom and I had discussed this earlier, and the plan was always to take the offer if it came. There was no reason to wait and think it over. This is my dream come true. My mom and I knew they had limited spots, and getting a scholarship would be tough."

Following his impressive performance last Saturday, Lee was told by the Ohio State linebackers coach that he would go to bat for him. Luke Fickell kept his word, which led to Lee committing to Ohio State.

"A big shout out to Coach Fickell from me," Lee exclaimed. "He really went to the wall for me to get offered, and he told me he was going to fight for me to be a Buckeye. He means a lot to me, and the same for Coach (Everett) Withers and Coach (Kerry) Coombs, because they were on my side as well. Obviously, I would run through a wall for this coaching staff for giving me this opportunity."

"I'm excited to play for Coach (Urban) Meyer, and he told me he was going to take the word of his coaches," he continued. "It's rewarding to play for a staff that is upfront and honest with you, and I feel blessed. I haven't had a chance to speak to Coach Meyer yet, and he is on the road so we will talk soon. I committed to Coach Fickell by phone, and he was very happy and excited."

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