Following the Tallahassee NIKE Camp back in April, Jericho Lee's name was on the lips of numerous observers due to his dominating performance at defensive tackle. Since that camp, Lee has been less visible, going on a six-week Outward Bound excursion and having limited summer exposure. Despite that, Lee has one official offer and could see several more arrive this fall.
The Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby product is similar in his playing style and size to another big-name Tallahassee product, Jacobbi McDaniel. With similar leverage, muscularity and tenacity, Lee hopes to attract a fraction of the attention that McDaniel received.
"I actually got offered by FIU," Lee said. "I've been talking to a few other coaches and it's looking on the up and up. I've been getting a lot of things from Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Northern Illinois and a bunch of other colleges. They're just checking up and showing interest."
There are a number of factors that have limited the recruitment of Lee despite his abilities. Though he is entering only his third year in high school, Lee is expecting to graduate with the class of 2010 and is being recruited as such. He also had limited exposure after not going to many camps this summer. However, when the ball is snapped, there is no missing the big lineman. He has been starting since his freshman year and already feels like one of the team leaders.
"I felt like a leader my first year out there," he said. "That's just the intangible that I have so I most definitely think of myself as a leader."
With one offer in, Lee is taking a good look at FIU despite having limited familiarity with the program.
"I don't know much about FIU but I'm open to whatever comes," he said. "I would like to go down there seeing as they're the first people to offer me and see what they've got down there. I talked to one of the coaches so I definitely want to get down there and see what it's like."
When it comes to offers, Lee is open to any program and just hopes to have some options down the line.
"I'm willing to play in any conference as long as I'm able to get a free education and can get myself seen, I'm all for it," he said. "At this point I'm not really picky about who or where it's coming from as long as it comes."