UConn Football tweeted one of their vague, can't say something happened but it did kind of tweets earlier today, surreptitiously letting us know that a high-school prospect from Maryland had chosen the Huskies.
Thanks to QB commit Tyler Davis, and because of the complete lack of information available on the web, I got in touch with Chris directly to congratulate him on behalf of Husky Nation and ask a few questions about why he chose UConn and what his role will be in Storrs.
At 6-foot-7, 260 pounds Lee fits into the profile of prospect that Bob Diaco and his staff have been going after. He's not sweating being the third (or maybe even fourth) tight end to commit to the class because he has been told that our offense requires two, and sometimes three of them on the field and it's an urgent roster need. The two sport athlete who plays for Severna Park High School in Maryland should be a formidable red-zone threat in the coming years. He had no other official offers, but there was interest from Rutgers, Maryland and Navy.
Lee's recruitment started in April when Coach Wayne Lineburg made a visit to speak with his coach and watch some game film. Shortly thereafter, he called to formally offer the scholarship. After visiting in mid-June, Lee was impressed with the infectious energy of Coach Diaco and his staff and the family environment which they have created there, "It's football, it's family" he said. Beautiful.
Speaking of beautiful, Lee absolutely loved the football facilities and campus and also holds UConn's academic reputation in high regard. He is considering studying physics, engineering or business. From speaking with him he definitely sounds like a smart kid with a good head on his shoulders-- another calling card for Diaco's commits.
From what we've seen out of Diaco thus far in the Class of '15 this is par for the course. They are beating other schools the punch with scholarship offers, going after smart players with prototypical size, and earning commitments based on the quality of the school and sincerity of the coaching staff.