College coaches are on the road this month, making their final pitches to class of 2013 prospects before National Signing Day and getting a jump on class of 2014 prospects. Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence central 2014 linebacker Brandon Lee has seen numerous coaches through his school this month.
"Ohio State stopped by last week along with Northwestern," Lee said. "Iowa was there two weeks ago. Louisville came by [Tuesday]. Coach [Darrell] Hazell from Purdue was there last week. Ole Miss came by last week. Michigan will be by [Wednesday] and Michigan State will be by Friday."
Lee held an offer from the previous coaching staff at Purdue. He did not get to discuss that offer with Hazell when he was by the school, but feels good about where he stands with the Boilermakers.
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"He just spoke with my head coach," Lee said. "He told me Coach Hazell was very impressed with me."
Other schools that have offered Lee include Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville and Ball State. The Louisville offer came in earlier this month.
"When it finally came Monday I wasn't expecting it completely, but I kind of expected it to come sooner or later," Lee said of the Louisville offer. "I visited them this past summer. Sometime this winter it seemed they started [moving] towards one."
Lee plans to return to Louisville for their junior day this month. He came away from his first visit to the school this past summer with a positive impression of the Cardinal's program.
"I didn't see the whole campus. I just saw the facilities and met all the coaching staff," he said. "It was very laid back. The players were not uptight and were acting themselves around me. The coaches were also, and I liked that about them."
Lee had planned to take in junior days at Iowa and Notre Dame this past weekend, but the date of the Notre Dame junior day was changed and Lee was not able to make it to Iowa City. He does have a junior day planned for this coming weekend.
"I'm going to IU this Sunday for their junior day," he said. "The last time I was there was for a football game. I plan on going up there, spending a lot of time with the coaching staff, seeing a pretty good basketball game and hanging out with the recruits."
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Lee finished his junior season with 90 tackles, two fumble recoveries for touchdowns, two interceptions for touchdowns and he forced two fumbles.