Lee will play for UTEP this fall

After a solid freshman season, the expectation was that Riverside C Eric Lee (6-2, 285) would man the pivot this season and would have plenty of schools clamoring to bring him into the fold in December. However, the full-qualifier got an offer he couldn't refuse earlier this week from UTEP and he decided he didn't want to wait and will play for the Miners this fall...

Lee prepped at Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Ca.) High School and he enjoyed a solid career there, however, because he was undersized attention from schools didn't materialize.

"I was only about 260 when I graduated high school and a lot of schools wanted to let me add some size and strength before they would sign me," Lee told JCFootball.com recently. "When I got here, they put me at guard and I backed up and rotated throughout the line and I grew some and added about 20 or 25 pounds.

"I have had a great time here at Riverside and am so thankful to everything the coaches have done for me. I was planning to play center this year, but after UTEP saw me in the spring, they liked what I could do and they decided to take a chance on me and offer.

"I took an unofficial visit there this past weekend and I got to meet all of the coaches and got to know coach (Mike) Price. He's a really cool guy and I felt like he would be a great coach to play for."

In addition to the staff, Lee also said he couldn't resist the temptation of the weight room.

"I just fell in love with the weight room," Lee added with a chuckle. "Overall it was just the whole experience for me and I loved the atmosphere there. It's really a family atmosphere and the coaches really care for the players. I loved that."

As noted earlier, Lee was a full-qualifier, so he will finish his classes in July and he will move to El Paso the last week of July.

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