|HometownHighlands Ranch, CO|
|High schoolValor Christian|
Highlands Ranch (Colorado) Valor Christian cornerback Eric Lee committed to the Huskers on Feb. 1, 2014, becoming the first member of Nebraska's 2015 class. He was soon followed by fellow Coloradan Avery Anderson, also a defensive back.
Both have already signed and are enrolled at Nebraska — and they're roommates.
Lee announced his commitment on Twitter the same day he attended Nebraska's Junior Day.
"Thanks to the man upstairs, I would like to announce my commitment to NEBRASKA!" Lee posted.
Nebraska had been after the four-star prospect ever since Lee camped at NU during the summer of 2013. Husker defensive backs coach Charlton Warren was Lee's primary recruiter, and Warren was retained by new coach Mike Riley after Bo Pelini was fired.
According to various reports, Lee held offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska and Oregon State — Riley's previous school.
Lee's father, Dr. Eric Lee, played college football at Wayne State and later received a doctorate degree at UNL. His son grew up a Nebraska fan.
“It was the first team I knew,” Lee told The World-Herald in this lengthy feature after signing early. “I feel like I’ve always been around that Nebraska culture. It’s a school I’ve idolized for such a long time. I tried to take as much bias out of the process as I could, but, at the end of day, Nebraska just lined up.”
Once Riley took the job — five days after Pelini was fired — several coaches called from other teams and said, if the two stuck with Nebraska, they’d be in a great situation because of Riley.
Riley visited Lee and Anderson in their homes before he visited any other prospects.
By the end of the second night, the families talked: Would they take visits to other schools or choose to stick with Nebraska — whether Warren was retained or not?
They picked the Huskers.
“Nebraska was still going to be Nebraska,” Eric Lee Sr. said. “It wasn’t as if the facilities were going to change or the academic structure was going to change. The family network that we have in Lincoln wasn’t going to change. We felt very comfortable in Lincoln.”
ESPN's describes Lee as "tall with good length on the perimeter" and "the frame to physically develop and match his good aggressive play." According to Scout.com, Lee has a smooth backpedal and "the hips quickly turn and he does an excellent job of finding the ball and staying with his man."
Here's Lee's Twitter announcement of his commitment:
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Our take: A true stick-like-glue corner, Lee has a well-developed upper body for a true freshman, and he’ll get a real shot to win immediate playing time. In 2015, the odds are frankly against him — Daniel Davie, Jonathan Rose and Charles Jackson are no slouches — but by 2016, he could be making big noise. Lee projects to be another NFL-bound DB from NU.
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Here's part of the Recruiting Roundtable discussion on Lee, plus check out more recruiting analysis from "The Bottom Line":
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