Linebacker is one of the top remaining positions of need for Virginia Tech in class of 2014 recruiting. Benedictine (Richmond, VA) product Raymon Minor and Gilman (Baltimore, MD) speedster Melvin Keihn are two of Tech’s top local targets, but the Hokies are eyeing prospects outside of the Commonwealth and bordering states as well, such as Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, IN) standout Brandon Lee .
Lee is a 6’3″, 215-pound prospect with potential as an inside or outside linebacker on the major college level.
“We’ve promoted him as a versatile kid on defense,” Lawrence Central head coach Jed Richman said. “He’s also a long-snapper and he’s very good at that. If he played both ways, he’d find a place on offense too. He has a moxie to him as far as understanding the game.”
This season is Richman’s first as Lawrence Central head coach. When he was named head coach, Richman took notice of Lee on film and was equally as impressed when he met the standout prospect in person.
“I watched the state championship game last year,” Richman said. “He scored a touchdown and had a tackle-for-loss (in the Class 5A state title win over Snider). I get here, and as intense of a competitor as he is on the field he is very poised off of it. When I first met him, I felt he is humble. My first take was that this is a nice young man. He has a good head on his shoulders. If you meet his parents, you definitely can tell where that comes from.”
The ability is there, but desire has helped Lee reach the level of being a major college recruit.
“The number one thing about him is his work ethic,” Richman said of Lee. “He’s a consistent competitor. He plays every play to the whistle. He’s a very versatile player. In our scheme, sometimes we line him up on the tight end. Sometimes he’ll run with a receiver when the other team runs the spread. He can cover in space, jam the tight end, and play the run. In nickel situations, he either is in pass coverage or he is a wide rush end.”
Character-wise, Lee, who is a frequent tweeter, is “kind of a quiet kid, ironically,”...
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