The state of Indiana has a bumper crop of football talent in the class of 2013, and that trend could continue into the class of 2014 based on early returns from prospects like Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central linebacker Brandon Lee, who already holds three offers.
"My first offer was from IU in January," Lee said. "I was very surprised when it happened because I thought I was just going down there to see the facilities. It caught me by surprise and I was very excited about it."
In discussing his scholarship offer with the Indiana coaches, Lee found out it was not only his football skills, but the way he handled himself that prompted the early offer.
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"They noticed how I was keeping eye contact with the coaches and when they showed the highlight video a lot of people were walking to the back, while I sat front row, center with the coaches," he said. "As a player, they said they liked my size and that I played so young."
Lee is not likely to forget anytime soon that Indiana was the first team to make their interest in him official.
"I like that they were the first to offer me and they are pretty close to home," Lee said. "I like the academics, which is what I am really focused on. I'm thinking more about school than football as I pick my school to play at."
Although they were the first, Indiana is no longer the only team on Lee's offer list. Ball State followed with an offer soon after the Hoosiers, and Iowa came through with their own offer in February.
"Iowa was kind of a surprise," Lee said. "I haven't been there yet, but I have talked to Coach [Eric] Johnson on the phone."
The three schools that have already offered a scholarship are the only ones Lee has gotten to know at this stage of the recruiting process. A team he would like to see gain interest in the coming months and years is Ohio State.
"My favorite team since I was a kid was Ohio State," Lee said. "But I am willing to play anywhere."
The 6-3, 200-pound Lee estimated his final tackle totals in his sophomore season at 85, and he also recorded an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown. He is also a standout in the classroom and carries a 3.7 GPA.