July 17, 2010

Lee is the latest Husky

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Boys and Girls safety Wilbert Lee has flown under the radar during the recruitment process, but grabbed center stage after committing to Connecticut.

Lee received plenty of interest from other big time programs, but ultimately decided on UConn for a variety of reasons.

"I just felt they were the right fit for me," said Lee. "It's close to home and it's easy to come back and forth. Plus, other schools weren't really making moves."

Those schools included Rutgers, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Wisconsin, Georgia and Notre Dame. All showed interest in Lee, but UConn was the only school to follow through and offer him a scholarship. They also presented the best opportunity to get on the field.

"What really stood out is I looked at those other schools and they were recruiting All-Americans at my position," said Lee. "I wanted to go to a school where I'd actually play and get a good education, and that's the school I chose."

Though Lee will play strong safety at UConn, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect was viewed as an athlete at Boys and Girls, where he played running back, receiver, linebacker and safety. He believes he can play any of those positions at the next level, but is ready to focus on one.

"I think safety is a good position for me," said Lee. "I was actually looking more towards offense, but I think things change as you progress in life. The coaches at the next level actually know what's better for you than you do yourself."

Those coaches include tight ends coach Jon Wholley, who Lee built a strong relationship with during the recruitment process, and head coach Randy Edsall.

"I've spoke to Randy Edsall a couple of times and he's a great guy," said Lee. "He's actually a great person to talk to. He's funny. He likes to laugh. He's a great coach and that's the kind of coach I like to be surrounded by."

Although other schools showed interest, Lee did not want to drag the recruitment process out any further. He is comfortable with the idea of becoming the newest member of the UConn Huskies.

"It's a weight off my shoulders," said Lee. "Now I can focus on my [senior] season."

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