Junior Profile - Lee Driftmier

Lee Driftmier is a 6-3, 225-pound linebacker from Bellevue (Wash.), and while his team went 13-0 and won the state 3A championship last year Lee holds an interesting distinction from the rest of his Wolverine teammates.

Driftmier was the only player from that squad to start every game on both offense and defense, and while he was part of an offensive line that tore up opposing defenses via the run Lee feels his future is stopping the run. "I definitely think I'll play defense in college," Lee told Dawgman.com. "I'm probably not big enough to play on the offensive line."

But Lee admits he'll do as much work off the field to get any advantage he can on it. "I feel I'm good at reading plays," he said. "I study a lot of film and gather info on the other team, so I know what they are doing."

Driftmier runs the 40 in 4.8, benches 290 pounds, squats 400 pounds and jumps 31 inches in the vertical leap. He's all business on the gridiron. "Actually it probably depends on which side of the ball I'm on," he said. "On offense, the focus is mostly on the running backs, so I just do my job. But on defense there's a lot more celebrating when we make a big play."

So what's better, a sack or a pancake block? "It's about the same, but on film nobody watches the guy making a pancake block," Driftmier said. "But it's just as fun watching your running back get into the endzone."

While some of his teammates take in other sports when school is done, Lee just keeps it going for football. "I pretty much do just football in the off-season," he said. "Our team does a camp at Fort Warden. We have three days just for the team. I'm going to try to go to one or two college camps, but I'm not sure yet. I've been getting brouchures from Alabama, Arizona State and Boston College, but I'm not sure how far away I want to go. Also some Ivy League schools (Columbia, Penn, Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth)."

He also followed that theme during spring break. "I went to visit my brother at USC about a month ago," Driftmier said. "I checked out the football facilities there."

While the recruiting process continues, Lee will look for offers and make a decision. "I think I could go to a big-time D1 school," he said. "I just have to decide if I want to be a 1-2 year starter as opposed to a 2-3 year starter. It's doubtful I could be a starter as a sophomore at U-Dub, for example. And do I want to get a diploma from a place like Harvard, as opposed to somewhere else? I just have to figure out what I want to do."

His top 5 ('The schools that seem to have the most interest in me right now') are Alabama, Oregon, Boston College, Arizona State and Washington.

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