Chicago Simeon High has produced some intense recruiting battles the last few years, and the school has several prospects in the 2013 class showing Division 1 potential. One is defensive end Devante Lee, and he is coming off junior day visits to two Big Ten schools.
Last Saturday, Lee drove down to West Lafayette, Ind., where he took in Purdue's junior day.
"It was a really nice atmosphere, kind of like a family-type atmosphere," Lee said of Purdue. "They were really happy to see me down there. They have the biggest indoor facilities in the Midwest, and that opened my eyes."
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Following his visit to Purdue, Lee traveled over to Champaign, Ill., to attend Illinois' junior day on Sunday.
"Coach [Mike] Ward, the linebackers coach, and Coach [Steven] Clinkscale, I got a lot of love from them," Lee said. "They said my film didn't show me a lot at d-end, so they said I needed to get more film at d-end so they could get the recruiting process going."
Lee is projected to the defensive end position in college, but played the majority of his junior season on the offensive line. The 6-6, 229-pound prospect plans to attend several camps and combines this spring and summer to show his abilities at the defensive end position. He does not yet hold any scholarship offers, but continues to draw more interest.
"There are some news schools showing nice interest - Ole Miss and Notre Dame," Lee said. "I'm going to take a visit [to Notre Dame] on April 21."