Relationship with Freeman key for Lee

Four-star linebacker Brandon Lee received an offer from Purdue this past weekend, a renewal of the offer once extended by Danny Hope's staff. Now, Lee is very interested in the Boilermakers and that can be credited to his relationship with linebackers coach Marcus Freeman. Boiler Sports Report updates Lee's recruitment.

Brandon Lee has been hoping to form a list of favorites. His growing list of offers is preventing that from happening just yet.

This past weekend, Lee added five more offers, including one from Purdue.

"Things are picking up even more than I thought they would," said Lee of the offer surge. "I thought I had all I can get. It's pretty exciting; I love it. I'm thankful for everything."

The offer from Purdue isn't just a flashback for Lee. He was offered by Danny Hope's coaching staff, but that changed when the head coach was fired. Darrell Hazell's staff had worked a careful evaluation of the Indianapolis linebacker and made the new offer official on Friday.

For Lee, the renewed Purdue offer was exciting. His relationship with the new staff is the primary reason for his high interest. Now, those coaches have returned the attention.

"I like Purdue," said Lee. "I like the new staff; that's one thing that's pushing me toward Purdue more than I used to."

Lee, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect, has been heavily recruited by Purdue linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, and the two have built a strong bond. The linebacker prospect appreciates the way Freeman communicates with him.

"I liked that he's a younger guy," said Lee of Freeman. "I actually watched him play at Ohio State. He can relates more to you and everything that's going on with you, he understands. He has played recently and knows exactly what he's talking about. He's a down-to-earth guy. You can talk to him and have a causal conversation, as well."

Lee's most recent visit to Purdue came during the spring for one of the Boilermakers' practices. He spent much of the time watching Freeman coach his unit.

"He's trying to produce the next-level players, and make these guys to being the best players they can be," Lee said. "I know that just watching them."

The long list of offers for the four-star linebacker includes California, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Missouri, Northwestern, Oregon, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech, among others. Now, Purdue has re-entered the pack.

Thanks to Lee's strong relationship with the new Purdue staff, he's very interested. Not long ago, he thought it was no longer an option.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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