Our Instant Impact series keeps rolling along with our feature on Darron Lee.
Everyone likes the hometown guy, and everyone likes the guy who earns what he wants. Darron Lee, the 6’2″ 205 pound product out of New Albany, OH, fits both of those descriptions.
After growing up in Tennessee Lee moved to the Columbus area before his high school career started. He was quite the do-it-all player for his high school team, playing quarterback, cornerback, and punt/kick returner. All of this led to Lee being rated as a four star recruit by most services out of high school. Despite an impressive career, just across town from the OSU campus as we know, that saw Lee earn all-state honors at New Albany, the total interest of Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer was not what he would’ve liked. As a matter of fact, Lee was told by the staff that he would have to camp in front of their watchful eyes and earn that coveted offer.
Of course he already had offers from many Big Ten and ACC schools, but this is the one he wanted. At the advanced camp at OSU Lee held his own and performed well playing along guys like Vonn Bell and other big name recruits, drawing attention to his competitiveness and athletic ability.
As we know, the offer soon came after that camp and Lee committed almost instantly.
He is projected to be a safety/corner for the Buckeyes despite his official position being listed as ‘Athlete’ on the roster.
As for this season, he is not expected to see a lot of action in the defensive backfield. With the abundance of experience and talent at that position that would be a tall order. He may be a contributor on special teams, however. A redshirt is not out of the question either, giving him another year to develop and get ready for the rigors of playing big time college football.
Whatever his role, this is an easy guy to cheer for. Hopefully he becomes a great asset as a learner this year, and a leader in future years.