WPIAL Standout visits Happy Valley

Who could have imagined that Game one of the World Series would be more explosive than a Big Ten football game? On Saturday, that dismal thought became reality as Iowa beat the Nittany Lions 6-4, coincidentally the Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 11-9. There was something positive that transpired at "Happy Valley" on Saturday, an unofficial visit from a Western Pennsylvania standout.

Two weeks ago the Nittany Lion staff presented Upper St. Clair high school star Sean Lee (6-3, 215, 4.6) with a written scholarship. Saturday Sean and his father Craig a prominent Pittsburgh attorney decided to make the close to 3-hour trek from Upper St. Clair to State College. The opportunity to see two schools that have offered and are among his current leaders was to good for Lee to pass on.

Sean had an open mind when arriving at Penn State, not really knowing what to expect. As Sean watched the Nittany Lions defend their home turf against the Iowa Hawkeye's he came away very impressed with the festivities.

"I liked it a lot, it's a great atmosphere for college football," said Lee

So would it be safe for one to assume Lee came away more impressed than he had originally anticipated?

"I would say I liked it more than I thought, the visit definitely did not do anything to ruin their chances."

One main factor remains across the board for Lee, at each school that he is currently considering he is very impressed with the coaching staffs.

"Penn State has Tom Bradley who I like, I like Coach Rodriguez at WVU, I like Coach Harris at Pitt, and Coach Ferentz at Iowa."

Bradley is the only one of the aforementioned coaches who is not a head coach; Lee can offer an explanation for that.

"I'm being recruited for defense and he's the defense coordinator, I have had the most interaction with him."

According to his father, Sean is trying to evaluate each program, sorting through the pro's and con's of each school. Academics are a big issue with the elder Lee, not a major issue but one that he would like for his son to take into consideration.

"I asked him to take an official visit to Duke (12/3), I just want him to see that the academic side of things is just as important. With schools like Duke, and Northwestern academics is bigger than football," said Craig Lee

Northwestern is the latest school to have offered Sean, but it's still five schools that seem to be running fairly even in the race to land Lee. Take out the parental choice (Duke) and you're looking at a four-team race between Iowa, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Penn State.

Not that Duke is the clear leader for dad either.

"I like them all, he really can't go wrong."

Lee and his Upper St. Clair teammates will open up WPIAL AAAA playoff action this weekend with pairings announced Monday night.

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