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Lee recaps big day

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Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central linebacker Brandon Lee already held a nice collection of offers before last Friday, but the final hours of May saw his offer list expand by more than 35 percent.
The wave of offers actually started last Thursday night when an offer came through from Rutgers. Then, on Friday, Purdue, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech each extended offers.
"It was pretty unexpected," Lee said. "I didn't go to sleep the night before and think I would get four offers the next day."
Although he did not expect to grab five offers in a 24-hour period, Lee had seen many of the coaches from these schools through his school during the spring evaluation period.
"I have been talking to Wake Forest for a couple of weeks and they came to watch me work out," Lee said. "My defensive coordinator knew some guys on Virginia Tech's staff, and they came to watch me work out as well. Minnesota has been recruiting me for about a year now.
"Rutgers was pretty unexpected because they wanted to see if I could get up to campus to meet the head coach or defensive coordinator at least, then they would possibly offer me. Then they switched up their mind, I'm guessing."
This is actually the second time Lee has been able to report an offer from Purdue during his recruiting process, as he was offered by the previous staff in West Lafayette.
"Purdue's new staff re-offered me," Lee said. "We went up to a spring practice as a team and I got a chance to see the coaches in action."
After Friday's bonanza, Lee's offer list now totals 19 scholarship offers. His next step will be identifying the schools he has the most interest in.
"In July I will actually narrow it down," Lee said. "I have to speak it over with my parents and my coach a little bit more and we'll decide the number I'll narrow it down to. I'm not sure of a number now that I have received some more. I was thinking of six, but I may have to switch that up.
"I do want to go on my official visits to some of the schools I like out West, like Oregon and Cal. I would like to get out to see schools far away like Rutgers and Virginia Tech. I would like to make my decision probably midway through the season or after the season, but I graduate early so I can't wait too long."
Lee also expects to see several schools unofficially this summer. He does not expect to take part in any summer camps, but is looking to see several campuses.
"I'm going to try and make it out to most of the schools that have offered me this summer," he said. "The schools I don't go to will most likely be those I have already visited more than twice."
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