September 5, 2012

Looking closer at Darron Lee

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NEW ALBANY, Ohio - Ohio State commit Darron Lee gave his pledge to the Buckeyes at the end of June after contemplating offers from Illinois, Arizona State, West Virginia, Purdue and a host of other Division One schools.

A strong performance at Ohio State's summer camp and several conversations with the Buckeye coaches was enough to seal the deal for the 6-foot-2, 195 pound three star athlete. While Lee currently plays both ways at his high school as quarterback on offense and as a safety on defense, his primary focus when he gets to Columbus will be on the defensive side of the ball.

Last weekend we had a chance to see Lee in person as his team took on Westerville Central high school and while the game ended in disappointment for Lee's team, we had a chance to see Lee in all three facets of the game with offense, defense and special teams.

As a punt returner, Lee took one of the first punts of the game that was kicked to him to the house from close to 50 yards. Lee showed patience in allowing his lanes to open up with blocking and also showed a shiftiness that allowed him to make opposing tacklers miss. Lee may not possess the speed that some returners have in today's game but between ball security and a knack for making guys miss, he could be in the mix for special teams duty when he gets to Ohio State. Of course with Urban Meyer coaching the special teams personally, Lee will have the toughest of coaches to impress to get a shot returning punts.

Lee currently plays quarterback and was getting love from a couple of schools at that position but Lee's future will not be under center at the next level. Against Westerville Central he did throw one touchdown pass but isn't playing his strongest position at QB. What one can take away from his most recent tape is on a couple of runs where he broke contain and picked up large gains.

Sadly our trip to Lee's game brought very little defensive footage but a lot of that was out of the scheme that Central ran and respect that the team had for Lee in not going his way. Lee did get involved in a couple of plays and was not afraid to deliver a big hit.

Lee's night came to a premature end when he went down with heat related cramps for a second time and then only went on the offensive series and ultimately came up on the short end of the stick in overtime in losing 23-20.


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