Dymond Lee, a four-star wide receiver from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, was just excited to get an invitation to USC’s Elite Junior Day and to know that he’s one step closer to accomplishing a childhood dream.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound receiver wasn’t able to attend the event on the USC campus because of prior engagements, but Lee was happy to hear from the Trojans’ coaching staff.
“It was exciting because this is the first real communication they’ve had with me,” Lee said. “That’s pretty exciting because growing up I was born in Texas, but in the big game against Texas (2005 Rose Bowl), I was actually going for USC in that game.”
“It’s a childhood dream of mine to get an offer from them, so if I could get that, it’d be awesome. Seeing the interest they have in me, that’s been exciting.”
Lee is the No. 244 overall 2016 recruit and the No. 13 receiver in the West. But that may not be where Lee lines up on the field this season for Chaminade. His junior season, Lee split time. He was both a playmaking receiver that does a tremendous job of using his hands to catch the ball rather than letting it get into his body and a dual-threat quarterback primarily running the read option out of a two-back shotgun formation.
During this offseason, Lee is preparing for a potential full-time transition to the quarterback position, which he played throughout his football career growing up until his sophomore season when Chaminade already had four-star quarterback Brad Kaaya under center.
Working on his throwing motion, his accuracy and “being able to deliver the ball more effectively,” Lee said his goal is to start at quarterback this fall, but he’ll be splitting time between the two positions during his offseason training.
He understands the importance of versatility at the next level.
“It’s better to have the problem of having more options than have the problem of not having enough,” Lee said. “I’m trying to expand my horizons to get as many options and have as many opportunities as I can.”
“A lot of people say that I have the prototypical size to play receiver, but I feel like I do have the ability to play quarterback at the next level. Whichever way it goes, it works for me. I’m still going to school and getting an education and being able to fulfill a lifelong dream of getting to play at the D1 level.”
Lee said he hasn’t put much thought into having a list of top schools. Instead, he’s focusing on training to get better, faster and stronger and help his team this upcoming season. But he did admit that a scholarship offer from USC would be special.
“It would mean a lot — not just to me, but to my family. My dad would love for me to stay close to home. It’s also a very prestigious university, so my whole family would be excited if I got a degree from there and had the opportunity to play for the cardinal and gold.”
Dymond Lee currently holds offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma and a couple of schools that will have familiar Chaminade faces: Colorado where his older brother, Donovan Lee, had 13 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown this season as a freshman and Miami where Kaaya is now the starting quarterback.
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