Simeon High in Chicago has had a strong run of producing college football prospects lately, and that looks to continue in the 2013 class. Defensive end Devante Lee is one of the Wolverines rising junior prospects who is already hearing from Division 1 programs.
The 6-6, 220-pound Lee has limited experience on the field, but his combination of size and athleticism has attracted college attention from the likes of Michigan, Northwestern and Ball State.
"I actually never really played football until my freshman year, but I caught onto it pretty quickly," Lee said.
Lee attended a camp at Northwestern this summer, and plans to return to Evanston on Oct. 8 to see the Wildcats take on Michigan.
"I talked to all their coaches when I went up for their camp," Lee said. "I talked to Coach Fitz and the d-line coach, Coach [Marty] Long. They said they see a lot of speed, very good athleticism, quick hands and a burst off the ball. They definitely want me to gain some weight and work on my footwork."
Since putting on the pads as a freshman, Lee has taken a stronger interest in college football and has been following teams like Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State, Oregon and Miami. He plans to see a game at Michigan this fall with teammate Jordan Diamond.
"I am going to go up there with the next visit Jordan takes up there," Lee said. "It's a great school with great athletic facilities. They have pretty good academics, and I just like the whole deal."
Besides defensive end, Lee also expects to see some time on offense this fall at the tight end and offensive tackle positions.