Lee Ready To Find Niche At OSU

Though Darron Lee earned a scholarship offer to Ohio State by performing well in the program's camps last summer, the two-way star from New Albany accepted it knowing that he doesn't have a set collegiate position. That doesn't bother Lee, who hopes that his versatility will help him find a role on the field early in his OSU career.

It's no longer months that separate Darron Lee from when he'll report to Ohio State, and on June 6 he'll leave behind the comfortable lifestyle he's currently enjoying to embark on the grueling journey of becoming a collegiate athlete.

And because that date is only now only weeks away, the four-star prospect from New Albany, Ohio doesn't mind admitting that he's feeling at least a little nervous about the looming change.

"I am getting anxious – very anxious – because it is going to be a big change," he told BSB. "I am going to college, and going very soon, and I don't have the entire summer to prepare for it anymore. I have to get the right mind-set and mentally prepare for what's up ahead and also keep in mind that it is important to have fun at the same time."

Perhaps Lee has even more excuse for feeling the normal freshman trepidation when considering he still has no idea what position – or on what side of the ball – he'll play when arriving at Ohio State.

A star quarterback in high school, Lee's projects to so many different positions in college that it doesn't give him a very solid shot of narrowing it down to an educated guess. On defense, he could play linebacker or defensive back. Offensively, Lee could play a variety of positions that involve him making plays with the ball in his hands.

"To me, it is not that much of a challenge as people make it out to be," Lee said. "It is still playing football at the end of the day, I am athlete. I can do a lot of different things and I trust the coaches will put me in the best fit for whatever the team needs. Wherever that place is, I plan to dominate it or work toward dominating it. That's just my goal and that's what keeps me going."

Remember, Lee was in the position last summer to earn his scholarship offer to Ohio State by performing well in the team's camps. That meant the two-way star had to impress the Buckeyes' coaches enough to prove he could be an asset at the next level even if he didn't have a defined position.

Lee did that after matching himself up with five-star safety prospect Vonn Bell of Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland – he, too, eventually signed with the Buckeyes – and performing at a similarly high level.

When the Ohio State star offered Lee a scholarship, it was clear that it didn't yet have a defined plan for him position-wise.

"That's what they told me up front that they don't really know where they are going to put me yet, but they are going to see how I fill out," Lee said. "I have been in contact with (strength coach Mickey Marotti), and the goal is to get into the weight room and see how my body fills out. Then we'll go from there."

Again Lee will have to prove himself when he arrives at Ohio State, regardless of which position to which he's assigned.

"It is like that with just about anything I do," Lee said. "I always have something to prove and I always have a chip on my shoulder. That's how it is starting off a new cycle, just like when I was coming into high school you have something to prove because nobody has ever seen you play before.

"Going down to Ohio State and earning my keep and that's what I am about. That's how I was raised and I am just going to go down there and earn my fair share and I eventually have plans to dominate which ever position I am at."

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