Virginia Athlete Earns An Offer

Darius Lee

It seems to happen every year. A player comes to camp and performs so well that the coaching staff cannot help but offer a scholarship. On Monday night such an event happened for a top prospect from Virginia when Duke offered Darius Lee.

"My dad received a phone call from my high school coach tonight tell me to contact my recruiting coach at Duke," said Darius Lee. "Once I contacted Coach Roper, he told me that he had good news."

That good news took the form of a scholarship offer from the Blue Devils for the 6-foot-1, 205 pound athlete with hopes that he would be added to the mix as a safety. And, apparently, the decision to offer was a no brainer.

"Coach Roper told me that all of the coaches sat down at the table and it was a unanimous decision that I was the best safety prospect a the camps, and the decision to offer me was very easy for them."

Maybe the decision was easy, but the workout the coaches put Lee and other prospects through while on campus was anything but. Any number of drills producing numbers by which any football prospect judged coupled with positional workouts made for quite a test according to Lee.

"The camp was one of the hardest, if not the hardest camp I have attended in the past two years," said Lee. "It was very active, and with little leisure time. It was also extremely helpful and a great benefit to me. My favorite part of the camp had to be the 1-on-1's. I love to compete and that was where I was able to show how fast I catch on to things and how effectively I put them to use during competition. There was a huge amount of talent out there and I knew I had to perform well against the best to be proclaimed a top athlete at the end of the day."

That's exactly what he did and what happened, however. And, as usually happens when coaches at such camps spy a top prospect, the Duke coaches locked in on the talented prospect.

"Coach Jim Knowles spoke to me during the camp, and after the workouts were over. He told me that I did very well and was in the top five at my position. He told me he really enjoyed watching me and that I performed extremely well. He told me to to continue to press and I would be hearing from then soon."

About a week later to be exact. And now that Duke has offered, where do they stand with Lee?

"I had high interest in Duke and I still have the same level of interest as before. The camp showed me how serious they were about being the new upcoming dominate football program in the ACC. I can honestly say they will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come because of how hard they work."

In addition, Lee sees other benefits should he choose to enroll in Durham in another year.

"I love the school and the calm educational vibe from the school. I love the atmosphere up there and seems like a good fit for me. I also know that if i decide to attend Duke i will be set for life even after football is over. Their academics are the top of the line and if I graduated from there I know I will have opportunities in the business world that others could only dream of."

While at Duke, Lee managed a pair of forties in the 4.5 range. He also recorded a shuttle run of 4.1 and an L drill of 6.73. He says he is focused on improving all measurable before his senior season ends.

Other schools recruiting Lee at this time include North Carolina, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Old Dominion, Townson, Connecticut, Northwestern, James Madison, Delaware, Maryland, and several others. Duke is the first high major program to extend an offer and Lee admits to favoring Duke, North Carolina, Kansas State, and Northwestern over all others.

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