Chicago Simeon senior prospects like Jordan Diamond and Robert Gregory are finishing up their recruitments, but junior defensive end Devante Lee is just getting his started. He will travel this weekend for an unofficial visit to a Midwest program.
"I'm going to Notre Dame," Lee said. "The things I'm looking forward to is talking with the coaching staff, getting to know them a little better and check out the facilities."
Lee set the unofficial visit with the Notre Dame coaching staff a couple weeks back. The trip does not correspond with any junior day or organized activity, but will be a chance for him to spend some time getting a feel for the Irish's coaching staff and experiencing the campus.
This weekend's trip is the first of many Lee plans to take in the next several months. He is also looking at trips to Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan, Illinois and Ole Miss.
"None of those dates are set yet, but I'm going to call the coaches and see what dates work," Lee said.
Already this month Lee has heard from coaches at Wisconsin, Michigan, Miami, Virginia Tech, Illinois and Notre Dame. The 6-6, 229-pound prospect played strictly on offense as a junior, but is being looked at as a potential fit at several positions on both sides of the ball.
"Most of them are recruiting me for tight end, defensive end and outside linebacker," Lee said. "Some have said if I can put on 40-50 pounds I could play tackle, but that's a long road ahead."
Earlier this month, Lee made the trek down to San Antonio to work out at the U.S. Army Junior Combine, where he ran as a defensive end.
"It definitely felt good to work with the other top players in the country," Lee said. "It was a neat experience playing in the Alamodome. I had never been in a dome before, so it was a different feeling.
"I learned that there is some work to be done. I competed fairly well, but I could put on some more weight and be a little more well-rounded going into my senior season."