LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Gardena (Calif.) Juniperro Serra athlete Marqise Lee is listed as an athlete by Rivals.com, but this week at the Under Armour All-American Game he is showing his ability at the safety position. His versatility on the football field has led to numerous offers and with the final month of recruiting approaching, Lee is pretty focused on what he will do between now and when he makes his decision.
"It is SC (Southern Cal), Oregon, and Cal," Lee said. "I have taken an official visit to Cal, Oregon, and Florida. On January 21st I am going to Miami and I am thinking about going to SC on the 14th."
With regards to the Hurricanes, Lee said his interest in them is just to see something different and see if the experience is something he would like.
"Miami is a different thing, it is away from home," Lee said. "If I decide to go away, then it is where I could go."
While he is visiting the Hurricanes, Lee says his family would supports him going anywhere but he knows that his mother would prefer him to stay closer to home. With him likely staying on the West Coast, that means the Trojans, Bears, and Ducks will likely battle for his signature. He talked about each of the schools.
"Southern Cal is in my backyard, it is right where I grew up, so I can stay real close to home and my mom," Lee said.
"Cal is close but it lets me get away a little bit," Lee said. "They have great academics."
"Oregon is a little bit further away but it is a great school that is doing great things, they are winning right now," Lee said. "They have great coaches."
At this time, Lee doesn't claim a leader. He said he doesn't have a definitive timeline on making a final decision but that it could come anywhere from his final visit to National Signing Day.
"I haven't sat down and thought about it yet, but when I do I think I will know pretty quick," Lee said. "I just want to find a place that I can live at for four years because every school has great academics and is a winning program. I just want to know I can be there for four years."