Junior LB Brandon Lee has five offers


INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawrence Central is one of the favorites to win the Indiana 5A state championship, and that is due in large part to a strong junior class.

The leader of Lawrence Central's 2014 class is Brandon Lee, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker recently named to the ESPN Watch List.

"Brandon's just a football player. He's a throwback and extremely gifted," Lawrence Central coach Jayson West said. "He's old school in how he plays and approaches the game, physical and coachable and he loves the game."

The Bears are 6-0 and just three games away from a perfect regular season. Lee said the team is coming together, and he is still finding himself as a player as well.

He worked on his speed this summer and added 15 pounds of muscle, and he said he is now faster to the football and reacts more quickly to plays.

"My biggest strengths in my game are my acceleration, my ability to react to plays and my athleticism as a linebacker," Lee said.

On the last two weekends, Lee visited in-state programs Indiana and Notre Dame. He visited the Hoosiers when they hosted Ball State, which put him in a tough spot as his older brother is a senior on Ball State.

"I was happy for my brother, but I was on a recruiting visit for IU," Lee said, laughing.

Indiana is one of five programs to offer Lee. Ball State, Iowa, Kentucky and Purdue have also extended offers. The rest of the Big Ten is highly interested in Lee, who will visit Michigan State in November.

While it's early in the process Lee is not ready to name favorites. He does already know what he wants in a school, however.

"Academics, location sort of -- I'm not too worried about -- and also if they fit me, if it feels like home," Lee said.