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Champaign product Lee ready to bring his game to DeKalb

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:00 a.m. CDT
(Robin Scholz)
Robin Scholz/The News Gazette Centennial's Steven Lee catches a pass as Danville's Tavion Boyd preparers to tackle him during their prep football game at Danville on Friday, September 6, 2013.

Twelve incoming high school seniors have committed to play football for Northern Illinois University. Six of those players have committed in the past month and one of those is standout receiver Steven Lee.

Lee, a 6-foot-3 receiver from Champaign is one of the latest players to devote his services to the Huskies, as he verbally committed June 14.

“I am very excited. I am happy to come here and to be a Huskie,” Lee said. “Coming to NIU was a great experience. The coaching staff, I really felt like they wanted me. It is clear that they play for the team, and that felt good.”

The Champaign Centennial High School senior described himself as a strong and physical hard worker who is coachable. He looks forward to running routes for NIU and becoming a better player.

Lee also received offers from Wyoming, Southern Illinois and North Dakota. His size makes him a threat to catch high passes in the red zone and makes him tower over the average Mid-American Conference defensive back.

“I’ll stay outside, and throw the ball up and I’ll go get it,” Lee said.

After looking at his highlight reel, Lee looks like a receiver who catches the ball with his hands rather than with his body. His size is a major factor that can really stick out.

Lee said that making this decision before his senior season kicks off will make life a little easier, but he knows he will have a target on his back.

“It will be a lot easier knowing that it is out of the way,” Lee said. “I am just willing to work hard. They are going to make me work harder because there are a lot of people in our conference that know I will be an NIU commit.”

Lee joins a current Class of 2015 with fellow wideout Richie Cooper (Hallandale Beach, Florida), running back D.J Brown (Little Rock, Arkansas), quarterback Daniel Santacaterina (Geneva) and tight end Ryan Roberts (Northville, Michigan) to make for a balanced offensive recruiting class.

NIU's current Class of 2015, according to ESPN D.J. Brown, RB, Little Rock, Arkansas Daniel Crawford, TE, Macomb, Michigan Jeffrey Hill, DB, Miramar, Florida Vince Hughes, OL, Franklin, Wisconsin Alec Ingold, ATH, Green Bay, Wisconsin Marcus Kelly, DE, Waukesha, Wisconsin Steven Lee, WR, Champaign, Illinois Max Morris, DE, West Des Moines, Iowa Ryan Roberts, TE, Northville, Michigan Daniel Santacaterina, QB, Geneva, Illinois Sutton Smith, ATH, Saint Charles, Missouri Richie Cooper, WR, Hallandale Beach, Florida

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