The class of 2025 commitment number grew to four, and although it’s still very early in the cycle, the expectation is that the Buckeyes will once again have one of the top class in the country.
Lee is clearly now part of that and the skill set that he will bring with him to Columbus is impressive. His junior film has been updated, so let’s take a look into what kind of player Ohio State got in Lee.
— Matt Goul (@mgoul) October 20, 2023
Instincts are a big part of being a linebacker, especially in the middle. You are tasked with reading the play correctly, which is something that Lee does exceptionally well. He’s able to diagnose if it’s a run or pass quickly and make the play.
Part of the recognition plays into the fact that Lee won’t really have to leave the field on situational plays. The need for a linebacker, especially in today’s game, to be able to stay on the field for all downs is a big plus.
Eli Lee 33 with another tackle. pic.twitter.com/ROsj2xwMT3
— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) October 21, 2023
Having a sure tackling linebacker is what many teams are looking for and the Buckeyes found one in Lee. His technique is very sound. He wraps and rolls when it’s a 1-on-1 situation and can hold up a ball carrier when he needs help. An extremely important trait in a linebacker.
Ohio State 2025 LB offer Eli Lee in warm ups pic.twitter.com/qsYXZUWe3s
— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) October 20, 2023
Lee won’t be mistaken for a track star, but he has plenty of speed to cover from sideline to sideline. He will need to work on that as he prepares himself to arrive to Columbus, but the base of work is there.
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— Eli Lee (@EliLee12) October 25, 2023
Lee has all the potential to be a very good linebacker in the future, but at the current moment is a bit raw. He still has a full year of development before he arrives to campus, so he could close the gap in that time frame. I think the most realistic expectations would be for him to enter the program with a redshirt year, play special teams, and then be a contributor in year three.