Urban Meyer and his coaching staff landed a local three-star recruit as Darron Lee pledged his allegiance to Buckeye Nation.
Lee, a senior-to-be at New Albany High School in New Albany, Ohio, a suburb northeast of Columbus, currently garners the three-star rating from both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Though Lee, who’s listed at 6-foot-2 and weighs 205 pounds, has the ability to play quarterback, wide receiver or safety at the college level. Rivals tabs him as an “athlete” while Scout lists him as a safety. He was recruited by co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, so the odds are better than 50/50 that he’ll end up playing on defense, and if he bulks up in size, he could eventually become a linebacker.
What’s surprising is that Lee is only ranked as the 59th-best safety in the country by Scout.com, while Rivals.com has him ranked as the 60th-best prospect from the state of Ohio. Clearly, he’s a either a “diamond in the rough” or a late bloomer in the recruiting circles. Lee has spent the last two weekends in camp at Ohio State before getting the scholarship offer.
With Lee on board, the 2013 recruiting class is back to 13 with quarterback J.T. Barrett from S.H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Tx., tight end Marcus Baugh from J.W. North High School in Riverside, Calif., defensive end Joey Bosa from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., cornerback Cameron Burrows from Trotwood-Madison High School in Trotwood, Ohio, running back Ezekiel Elliott from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Mo., offensive tackle Evan Lisle from Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio, quarterback/athlete Jalin Marshall from Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio, defensive tackle Billy Price from Fitch High School in Youngstown, Ohio, defensive end Tracy Sprinkle from Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio, safety Jayme Thompson from Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio, punter Johnny Townsend from Boone High School in Orlando, Fla., and cornerback Eli Woodard from Eastern High School in Voorhees, N.J.