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 4-star athlete Devonta Lee, whose position preference may be an indicator of which college he’ll pick in February.
Devonta Lee torn between receiver, safety
AMITE, La. — By recruiting ranking standards, Devonta Lee is a big-bodied wide receiver with four stars beside his name and within the top-100 prospects in the country in the Class of 2019. Upon further review, that may not be the case.
Lee, who checked in at 6-foot-2 and 219 pounds at the end of the spring, is still trying to settle on a position. The 4-star athlete lines up at both wide receiver and safety for Amite (La.) High School, and different colleges are courting him at both positions.
For instance, LSU likes Lee at wide receiver. That was his original position before seeing snaps in the secondary as a junior. Alabama prefers Lee at safety. Over the next few months, he’ll weigh his options at each position, which should go a long way in ultimately making a decision.
“Some schools — like Alabama — like me at safety,” Lee told SEC Country. “Other schools like me on both sides of the ball. LSU wants me at receiver, but they want to put me anywhere on the field. I’ll play whatever. It doesn’t really matter to me. I’ll play safety or receiver; I just want to make plays. Wherever they need me, I’m going to play.”
Lee dealt with two bum ankles this spring but saw most of his action at receiver for Amite High School. Even hobbled, Lee has proved he’s the most dangerous red-zone threat in Louisiana’s 2019 class and arguably the best in the country.
The U.S. Army All-American released a top-12 list at the start of the spring. He doesn’t have a leader and admitted several schools are doing a good job of maintaining daily communication.
“I have no top schools right now that stand out,” Lee said, adding that he can count on hearing from LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Alabama and Mississippi State every day.
Those six schools, which all cracked Lee’s top 12, are selling the blue-chip prospect on the family feel at each campus.
Lee has made visits to LSU, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky this spring and will be back on the road throughout the summer as he continues to try to narrow down his list of options.
“The best thing I’ve heard is that it’s family there, you know?” Lee recalled. “These schools are letting me know that they’re going to take care of me on and off the field … education, too. Most of those schools have said that.”
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