Lee discusses Deacon commitment

A jubilant Marquel Lee spoke to DeaconSports.com after Waldorf (Md.) Westlake took care of visiting Lackey, 37 to 0. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound inside linebacker made a mid-week commitment to Wake Forest following a family visit to campus on Sunday.

"I wanted to commit [to Wake Forest] on the spot," said Marquel Lee. "I decided to check with my coaches first. My AD set up a conference call with Coach Himebauch on Tuesday and I told him I was ready to be a Demon Deacon.

"They loved my overall play this season coming off a knee injury that kept me out the while summer. I've come back strong and have been flat out balling."

Wake Forest won the recruiting battle for Lee over Maryland, James Madison, and Towson. Lee says the key to his commitment was how well he bonded with the coaches on his Sunday visit.

"I got to meet all of the coaches," Lee stated. "It seemed like they really wanted me there. It was great talking to Coach Knorr. He's a fired up, exciting type of guy. I think I'll have a good opportunity to play early and learn a lot from Coach Knorr and Coach Jackson. I'm looking foward to going up for a game and taking my official. My family and I are actually discussing dates for it right now. "

Lee plays inside linebacker in a 4-4 scheme at Westlake, but said Wake Forest thinks he could play either outside or inside at the college level. This is his third season as a starter for the Wolverines, who are off to a 5-2 start.

"I've been having great games," he said. "I'm averaging about 12 tackles a game. I'm better this year with running fluidly. I'm flying around all over the place and making big plays.

In his junior season, Lee had 70 tackles, but also played quarterback throwing for over 800 yards on the season. While it's not definite, Lee says there's a good possibility he'll graduate from Westlake in December and be ready to enroll at Wake Forest in January.


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