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Notebook: Lee hoping for OSU offer

6/24/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Darron Lee’s recruitment could end Monday.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Lee (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) worked out once more for the Ohio State coaches during Saturday’s camp, and he will speak with the staff Monday morning to find out whether he has an offer.

Would he commit on the spot if the Buckeyes coaches come bearing good news?

“There’s a chance. There’s a pretty good chance,” Lee said smiling, his poker face broken. “… I think I done everything I could in my power to receive an offer.”

An athlete, Lee said Buckeyes assistant Luke Fickell, his main recruiter, sees him as a safety but with the potential to land at a few other spots. Fickell told Lee he can also see him as a nickel cornerback or possibly even a linebacker.

On Saturday, Lee spent time working out with the linebackers. Midway through one drill, Fickell took Lee to the side and gave him some individual attention.

“He’s coaching me on some points and just said try this and try that,” Lee said. “He just wanted to see how I look as a linebacker and an athlete.”

If Lee were to continue to grow and add muscle to his frame, he would end up at outside linebacker for the Buckeyes. So he spoke with Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier recently about the intricacies of the position.

“I got a little bit of tips from Ryan Shazier. He was really telling me about closing out and staying patient and don’t over pursue,” Lee said.

Earlier this month, Lee camped at Ohio State in hopes of landing an offer. Fickell was impressed Lee came back a second time to help his chances.

“He said you made a statement by coming back, and that staff meeting come Monday morning, they’re doing everything they can [to offer],” Lee said. “Coach [Kerry] Coombs told me. [Everett] Withers told me. They’re all pushing, all gunning for me.”

Illinois and West Virginia are Lee’s co-leaders at the moment.

Brent works out for Meyer

As assistant coach Tim Hinton dismissed the close to 350 campers to lunch, one decided to stay behind. It’s a good thing Justin Brent (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) wasn’t hungry.

The Class of 2014 receiver was going to work on some routes, when he ran into Urban Meyer on the practice field.

“I walked over and met him and shook his hand. I loved when he and Tebow were doing their thing at Florida,” Brent said. “We talked and he said ‘I got you on my list [of players to watch].’ He was working with this one kid about to run routes and he had me run routes.”

Brent could hardly contain his excitement as he relayed what Meyer told him following that short personal workout.

“He was blown away. He saw I ran a 4.7 and he said if I get that down I can be one of the best wideouts in the nation. I was like, ‘wow.’ Coming from him that’s something amazing.”

Shortly after lunch, a select few receivers, cornerbacks and quarterbacks worked in the same group. Meyer observed the players, one of which was Brent.

Receivers coach Stan Drayton also made it a point to talk to Brent before the day was over.

“He gave me his number and said to call him every week,” Brent said.