To fit into Coach June Jones' system you have to be fast. I think Mississippi recruit BJ Lee will fit just well. The 5'5, 165 pound running back, will more then likely be the fastest of the 2008 signees.
The high school senior ran an official 4.30 forty and has been rumored to run a faster one since.
"I got second my freshman and sophomore year and won the 100 meters my junior year at state," Lee said to PonyStampede.com. "I ran a 10.56 and got first place at the state track meet. I went to LSU for a high school invitational they had. I ran in the 55 meters and I finished third out of 118. These were track clubs and not just high school teams, so these were real runners. I ran a 6.46 in the 55 meters that day."
Many thought that Lee's small frame would keep him out of Division 1 football, but when you are as fast as Lee programs will find a way to get you on the team.
"I never really doubted myself," said Lee. "They are going to line me up in the slot as a receiver and they are going to let me play some running back too," said Lee. "They are going to let me do both. Slot won't be my primary position. I will go in the backfield and run the ball some."
Besides SMU, Lee had many other schools to choose from. Delta State, Tennessee Tech, Nichols State, Texas State, and Jackson State all offered. Memphis and Southern Miss were sniffing around. For Lee the choice to come to SMU was an easy one. "Going to SMU was the best choice for me and the best fit. Coach Jones convinced me that I fit into the offense. The academics are great...I just couldn't turn it down."
Playing for Ridgeland High School his senior season. Lee earned All-Metro Player of the Year honors rushing for 1488 yards on 168 carries. Of the 168 carries he took 19 of them in for touchdowns.
Unable to attend the spring game, Lee was able to watch on the Internet. "I looked at it and it looked pretty exciting. The offense went down the field a couple times and made some nice plays. I think we have a chance to make a run next year in Conference USA."
The Mustangs are pretty set and running back next year and an extra year in the weight room might not be a bad thing for Lee, but the incoming freshman feels that he can contribute right away.
"I'm pretty confident I won't have to redshirt. I really think that I can come in and contribute right away."
Lee will major in business and has a 2.9GPA.