Eric Lee, a defensive end from Daphne, Ala., has double digit offers but is has the Bulls among the top of his list, and this past week the Alabama prospect made a trip with his family to check out what USF had to offer.
"I had a great time and enjoyed it very much," said Lee. "I've never been to Tampa before, so everything was new to me. It was very beautiful and had a lot of great scenery, and there was a lot of USF branding all over the city. I didn't think the city would be so nice, I liked it a lot."
Lee came in early with his family and got to see take golf cart around for a tour of the campus, the dorms, the student center, and liked what he saw.
"I didn't know the campus was that big, but it was real nice and was laid out very nicely, everything seemed new and they have a lot to offer the students there," said Lee."It was hot, but the campus and the city were very nice and pretty, and I could see myself living there."
The Alabama d-end spent most of the tour checking out the Bulls football facilities and was very impressed.
"I liked pretty much everything about the facilities. Everything was new, laid out nicely and very close to each other" said Lee. "The practice complex was very nice and big. Coach Holtz also said that they're planning to build an indoor facility as well."
While on his visit, Lee got to spend time with the USF coaching staff, and had a lot of good things to say.
"I spoke with all of the coaching staff and with Coach Holtz. They're good men and really act like a family, and have each other's back. You can also tell they know what they're doing on the football field," said Lee. "It's something I wouldn't mind being a part of."
"Coach Hargreaves talked about their defensive scheme, and where they stood in my recruiting process," said Lee. "Coach Holtz talked to my parents about everything pretty much, football, their focus on school, and me as a person."
One of the highlights of the visit was Lee getting to watch the Bulls home opening win against Ball State.
"They played a great game and took it to Ball State," said Lee. "It seemed like all of the players were focused and so were the coaches. The stadium was live and very interactive."
"Both their offense and their defense were efficient. The offense made first downs with ease. Their defense stopped their run game. I think the d-line did a good job. I don't know how good they could have played."
Lee plays weak side defensive end for Daphne whose defense only allowed 9.53 points per game while going a perfect 15-0 record and a class 6A championship in 2010, and through three games this season has around 17 tackles, 5 sacks, several passes batted down, and a fumble recovery. With that in mind he paid close attention to the Bulls defense and defensive line.
"I really liked their defensive schemes and they seemed to really mix it up," said Lee. "I liked how the D-ends looked out there and they were creating a lot of pressure, and didn't let Ball Sate get much going."
Lee has double-digit scholarship offers including ones from South Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Memphis, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, FIU, Tulane and UAB, but said he narrowed things down to USF and Arkansas, but the Razor Backs haven't offered him yet.
"I've narrowed my choices to a top two schools of USF and Arkansas," said Lee. "I took an unofficial visit to Arkansas last week before this week's unofficial trip."
The Daphne defensive end had the Bulls out in front before his visit and talked about why.
"USF is a successful program, have won a lot of big games, and are really a team on the rise," said Lee. They also have my major, are only seven and a half hours from home so my family could easily come down for games and overall it."
Now that Lee has visited both of his top choices he talked about how the trip affected how he felt about USF.
"I'm glad I made the trip and it was very positive experience," said Lee. "It definitely strengthened how I feel about them. I like USF a lot, and I could see myself going there."
As to when he'd like to make his decision, Lee said he like to make it sooner than later.
"I'm going to be an early graduate so hopefully I'll make a choice by the end of this month," said Lee. "I've done my research and feel confident I'll be able to make the best choice for me.
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