Lee Hopes For A Big Sophomore Season

After a solid freshman campaign that saw him start every game for a 9-2 Chaffey squad, LB Lenier Lee (6-0, 245) is one to watch this fall...

"I was a full qualifier out of (Rancho Verde) high school (Moreno Valley, Ca.), but the problem was that I tore my (left) ACL my junior year, so I didn't go to camps and then as a senior, I had a good year, but by then, very few schools were looking at me anymore," Lee told JCFootball.com recently. "I had some D-2 schools after me and some NAIA programs, but I felt like I could play at a higher level, so I decided to head to Chaffey and I think it was the right move.

"The coaches here really look out for our best interests and I liked the way they coached with confidence and the family feel here. It just felt like it was the right place for me and it's really been a great move for me."

As a freshman last fall, Lee led the team with close to 80 tackles while also posting four tackles-for-loss and three interceptions which also led the team.

"I'm pretty good at dropping back into the zones and into coverage, but I can stop the run too," Lee noted. "I feel like I'm an all-around type of a linebacker and I don't think I do one better than the other. I'm pretty good at both."

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit on the slow side for Lee as he has yet to garner much in the way of interest, but his hope is for a fast start to the 2014 season and if that happens, with his size, athleticism and instincts, he should be a recruit that garners a lot more attention.

"Right now, Tennessee Tech is the only school that's really made contact with me, but it's still pretty early," Lee said. "I feel like if I get off to a fast start, if I play well and we play well as a team, then I think I will get more schools interested in me.

"It's not really in my hands. I just have to go out and play the best that I can and do the best I can, help my team and all that and then, if a school sees me and likes me, then maybe they will give me and give me a shot."

As noted earlier, Lee was a full-qualifier out of high school, so he's a good student and he will have his two-year degree in December and three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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