"It was pretty cool to get that offer," Lee said. "I wasn't necessarily expecting it because they initially said they may want me to come to campus first. I guess, they just spoke more with the rest of the coaching staff, they made up their mind that they wanted to. I'm glad they did."
Lee has a basic knowledge of the Rutgers program, but said he has more research to do before he can formulate a legitimate opinion.
"I'm not too familiar yet, I could just tell you the basic stuff about them," Lee said. "I can tell you stuff that doesn't have much meaning, like Ray Rice played there. They're located in New Jersey. They're in a good conference. History-wise and their academics and roster and stats, I don't know."
Academics and a chance for playing time stand out to Lee as key interests. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker has 16 verbal scholarship offers and ranks in as the No. 24 player at his position in the class of 2014.
"I want to focus on the academic side of a school," Lee said. "I want an opportunity to play, not waiting until my senior year to see the field. It's about how comfortable I am with the atmosphere and the players and coaches and how I fit in a program."
Lee has strong interest in Rutgers, California and Oregon but said all three are better candidates for official visits. He does not expect to visit any of the three during the summer as he plans out his recruitment.
"I do not have any visits set up at this point," Lee said. "I haven't written out my plans yet, but I plan on scheduling them soon and getting them listed in order. Rutgers may have to be a school that I'll have to wait for an official visit. It's an expensive, long drive to get out there or to Oregon or California. I'm interested in those schools, but it would cost a lot."
No schools have separated themselves yet for Lee, who plans to trim his list at the end of the summer.
"It's not too early to have a leader, but I'm just not there yet," Lee said. "I'll probably take my visits over the summer and then cut down to the top schools. That's when I'll have leaders."