Sunday, May 5, 2013
Can B1G offers sway K-State commit?
By Damon Sayles
After garnering new interest last week, Elijah Lee (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) has fielded a couple of questions about his commitment to Kansas State. The three-star outside linebacker committed to the Wildcats on March 26, but he’s landed two Big Ten offers since then that have made him further weigh his options in the recruiting game.
For those wondering if Kansas State is in jeopardy of losing him, Lee is the first to squash any potential rumors.
“As long as K-State stays loyal, I’m going to stay loyal to them,” said Lee, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker and the No. 7 player in Missouri in the Class of 2014.
“I’ve talked to one of the coaches there at least once a week. After going on a couple visits, it just seems like a pretty good place where I fit in well. I’m a hybrid. I play defensive end and linebacker, and they have a special position for me.”
Lee picked up an Iowa offer on Thursday. The next day, Lee landed an offer from Indiana. Lee added those to his list with ones from Wyoming and Toledo.
“I know the Big Ten is a pretty good conference with Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa and schools like that,” Lee said. “They play pretty good football there. That’s a blessing that teams from the Big Ten would even give me a chance. I have to keep that in mind.”
Lee is ranked No. 41 among outside linebackers nationally in the 2014 class. He watched Indiana during the season when it played Illinois. Both Indiana and Iowa are two teams Lee said he would keep an eye on as his recruiting process continues.
“I feel like there are players [at Iowa] I can relate to,” Lee said. “After one bad year, they always seem to turn things around. Indiana looks like they’re on the rise. They’re really doing a lot more recruiting in the Midwest.”
Lee had 71 tackles and 18.5 sacks as a junior and ultimately won the Buck Buchanan Award, an accolade given to the top large-school lineman or linebacker in the Kansas City area. Of Lee’s 71 tackles, 33.5 were tackles for loss.