ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Offers are going out earlier and earlier these days in recruiting and one of the top freshmen in Georgia is cornerback T. Lee. The 5-foot-11, 165 pound athlete had a big freshman season, his name is popping up on numerous college boards for the 2020 class and he has pulled in offers from Charlotte, UCF and UCLA.
He appreciates each of the offers, but the one from the Bruins really stands out to him. Despite being from Florida and now living in Georgia, Lee has had his eye on the Pac 12 program for some time.
"I grew up a fan of UCLA," said Lee. "I have followed them for a while, so when I got the offer, it was so exciting. My dad was a big UCLA fan, I have a cousin that goes to Stanford, so I like the west coast.
"I am very interested in them and now that I have the offer, it means a lot. UCLA is a school I followed since I was young, so this was pretty big for me."
Since being offered by his childhood favorite, the freshman has spoken with one of the coaches on the Bruins staff. Lee cannot wait to get out there to meet him.
"I have talked to coach [Demetrice] Martin (defensive backs) and he is a cool guy. We have talked a little about UCLA and how it is a great school for football and strong in academics.
"I want to get out there to talk with him in person, meet the coaches and just see howit is out there. I want to see the set up of the campus and just how things feel around the campus.
"I have heard from Tyreke Johnson, a good friend of mine who plays on my 7v7 team that it is great out there, so I just want to see it myself. I hope to get out there this summer. I know the vibe is great and I can't wait to see what it is like."
Plenty of other schools have their eye on Lee and many are expected to see him workout this spring during the evaluation period. More offers will come his way and he is prepared to handle that even though he is young.
"I am just staying grounded and being focused on getting better," said Lee. "I know the attention comes and goes in recruiting, so I am not thinking about it too much. I look at all of the attention I am getting as a blessing."
When you watch Lee, he is a smooth athlete on the football field. He was all defense in 2016, but expect him to be used on offense in 2017. He is listening to what college coaches are telling him right now and he is planning to see many of them in the coming months.
"What I am hearing the most from coaches right now is how they like my freshman tape, how they like my size for my age and how they like how aggressive I am," said Lee. "A lot of schools want me to visit their campus, take part in their camps this summer and try to be around them. I am going to get to as many campuses as possible this summer."