The Empire just got stronger.
Darron Lee, a 6-2/205 three-star athlete from New Albany, OH, received and accepted an offer on Tuesday to become the thirteenth member of the Buckeyes’ recruiting class of 2013. There’s some ambiguity about what position he’s been picked up to play, but one thing that isn’t in doubt is his desire to be a Buckeye.
Two weeks ago, Lee attended an Ohio State camp, practicing at a variety of positions with hopes of receiving an offer. He didn’t get it. Unsatisfied, he voluntarily scheduled a return visit for last Saturday’s camp, where he mainly lined up as a defensive back. That’s an unusual move, as there was no expectation from the Ohio State staff that he do so and therefore his chances of being penalized for passing would have been nonexistent. But his clear desire to come to Ohio State and his presumably stellar play did their job. Urban Meyer and company were convinced. As soon as they reached out, he committed.
There’s something inherently satisfying about a commitment like this. The kid clearly earned his scholarship. It takes serious competitive fire to walk into Urban Meyer’s house two weeks after your last visit and show him that you really do belong in Scarlet and Gray. That competitiveness and his ability to stand out during summer camp are important indicators of future college success. So is his passion for Ohio State.
The kid deserves a big welcome, so give him one on Twitter if you feel so inclined. If not, prepare to cheer him on in the Shoe starting in 2013.
Lee’s junior highlights are available after the jump.