College Football Recruiting: Four-Star RB Craig Lee Plans Birthday Commitment

By David LaRose

The college football recruiting process is an exciting time in a potential recruits life as they are being courted by universities to play for their program for the next few years. It can be overwhelming at times but most of the recruits embrace the experience and make the most out of it. The announcement process has become a spectacle over the past few years with press conferences and an array of hats and other memorabilia to represent the recruits choice but it is still a special moment in a young man’s life.

One potential recruit plans on making that day even more special as he will announce his verbal commitment on his birthday.

2013 four-star running back Craig Lee has announced that on August 15, which is also his birthday, he will give out his verbal commitment to indicate where he wants to go to school. The 6-foot, 190 pound back from Redlands, California fields offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State. Pretty much every Pac 12 school has offered Lee a scholarship and whichever school lands the recruit will be getting a very talented, all-around player.

Lee is rated as the No. 21 RB in the 2013 class according to Rivals recruiting service but has been relatively flying under the radar. He has a well-rounded set of skills that will translate nicely to the next level. Lee is a big back back but has room to add some bulk once he starts working out with college coaches. He surprises opponents with his quick cutting ability and his sneaky extra gear that he uses to separate from defenders. Lee has good open field running skills that he utilizes to freeze defenders in open space. One of his best qualities is his field vision. He exploits defenders that tend to over pursue and he sees small cutback lanes that he takes advantage of every time he carries the ball. The only thing he really needs to work on is lower body strength to break through leg tackles but that will come with time and lifting programs.

It will be a very special day for Lee, not just because it’s his birthday but it will be the day that he decides where he will be celebrating his next few birthdays.

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