Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss elite Louisiana wide receiver Devonta Lee, who is about to release his top-12 list. Lee, who hails from Amite, La., will definitely include LSU in that group.
Devonta Lee talks top schools, LSU
NEW ORLEANS — Devonta Lee is nowhere near making his college decision. There are still visits to be taken, which is likely going to turn into a nationwide tour.
The 2019 U.S. Army All-American is ready to narrow down the field, though.
The Amite (La.) High star is a 4-star wide receiver and top-50 prospect nationally. He is also planning to narrow his top schools down to 12 in the near future. LSU, the school he most recently visited, is a surefire bet to make the cut.
“USC, Clemson, LSU, Auburn, Texas, Arkansas and Ohio State,” Lee listed to SEC Country at the Pylon 7-on-7 event in New Orleans last weekend. “They’ve recruited me, checked on me, text me every day to make sure I get up and I can play as a true freshman.”
Lee’s most recent unofficial visit was to Baton Rouge for elite junior day in late January. He was joined by several Tigers verbal commitments as well as fellow priority targets in the 2019 recruiting class.
There, he got a glimpse of what his role in the new-look LSU offense could be as the coaches pulled out all the stops to impress him.
“I went to LSU for elite junior day and I had a great time,” Lee recalled. “Coach O [Ed Orgeron] was taking pictures with us in the locker room. I got to wear the jersey, meet the other prospects, tour around the campus. I had a great time. I met with most of the coaches and the players and began to build relationship with them. We were in the meeting room and seeing how they would use me in the offense if I would go there …
“The new routes they have … the deep balls, the deep posts, the slants. They just want me making plays all around.”
In addition to outlining his fit in the Tigers’ offense, the coaching staff made one thing transparent to Lee: he is a priority for the program.
There were talks about designing play calls for the big-bodied receiver, winning titles and eventually declaring for the NFL — for Lee, that hit home. From where he comes from and what his future holds, the hometown team certainly provided the All-American with a unique perspective.
“They said a lot, but they said: ‘Let’s make this happen, Devonta. You’re a priority here and we’re ready for you to do this, to get on the field, to make plays and win a national championship and go three-and-out,'” Lee said. “It meant a lot to me. I never thought I would be in this situation. I came a long way from a small hood, so it means a lot to me and to my family. It made me feel some type of way. It’s really special.”
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound wide receiver brought his mother, Lecresia Lee, for the trip.
Both Lee and his mother were mesmerized by their expense on LSU’s campus, and to see her enjoy the process carried weight for the Louisiana native.
“She enjoyed herself. She loved the coaches, being around the coaches, having some great food. She was watching those videos and she really enjoyed it,” Lee said. “Taking pictures and everything, you could see a big smile on her face. She’s really excited.”
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