- United States
- New Albany, OH
- High School
- New Albany
- Past Teams
- Ohio State
- 2013, 2014, 2015
Major: Consumer and Family Financial Services (2015), Undeclared (2014)
Weight: 235 (2015), 225 (2014), 205 (2013)
2015 Media Guide: Darron Lee, a third-year Buckeye who is a sophomore in eligibility, is an outstanding football player and a gifted athlete who made noise with his play as a freshman last year and who is expected to be even noisier in 2015 … his talents have earned him 2015 preseason All-America honors
by the publication Phil Steele; this after he earned freshman All-America accolades last season … Lee was a 15-game starter as a freshman who quickly established himself as a force at linebacker with a 61-yard fumble return for a score in his first game and he continued making big plays the entire season,
including a second fumble return for a score, a 33-yarder in the regular season finale vs. Michigan … recruited out of the Columbus suburb of New Albany as a 205-pound “athlete,” Lee will line up at Ohio State’s “will” linebacker position this season as a 235-pounder with an impressive reputation as a play-maker.
2014: Lee started all 15 games as a freshman for the College Football Playoff national champions and was named a freshman All-American by USA Today, Athlon’s, Phil Steele and Scout.com … he first turned heads with his play during spring drills after he had red-shirted the 2013 season as a true freshman … then he made seven tackles in his first game as a Buckeye, including two tackles-for-loss, against a tricky Navy offense and made the play of the game with his recovery of a fumble and 61-yard touchdown return … he kept making plays all season and finished third on the team in tackles with 81 and second in both tackles-for-loss (16.5 for -70 yards) and quarterback sacks (7.5) … he also had two interceptions – vs. Maryland and Illinois – to go along with three pass break-ups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and the two recovered fumbles, both of which went for touchdowns … Lee
ranked seventh in the Big Ten in TFLs and 12th in sacks … he had at least seven tackles in seven games, including in five of the last six with a career best nine vs. Michigan to go along with a 33-yard fumble return touchdown that essentially clinched the win … he also had eight tackles and a PBU vs. Oregon in the national title game and seven tackles vs. both Wisconsin and Alabama … all seven of his stops vs. the Crimson Tide were solo tackles and they included three TFLs for minus-11 yards with two of those quarterback sacks … he was named Defensive MVP of the Sugar Bowl after that effort … also had multiple TFL games vs. Penn State and Michigan.
2014 Media Guide: Darron Lee had a quiet 2013 campaign, playing just six plays in two games (San Diego State and Florida A&M) before an injury ended his true freshman campaign as a Buckeye, but then he had a rather noisy 2014 spring drills … this former high school quarterback was talked about often by Ohio State coaches during spring ball as he displayed speed and consistent play-making ability at the strong-side linebacker position … he is a young player to watch in this program.
High School: Local prospect Darron Lee is fine athlete who played quarterback, wide receiver, safety and returned punts and kickoffs as a junior for the New Albany Eagles and he played primarily in the
secondary and at quarterback as a senior … Lee was named a first-team Associated Press Division II all-state cornerback as a senior after recording five interceptions with three punt return touchdowns, and accounting for over 1,700 yards of offense and 21 touchdowns … he helped New Albany, coached by Mark Mueller, advance to the Division II state semifinals and to a 11-3 record as a senior … Lee did it all in a third-round win over Marion-Franklin, throwing for two touchdowns, rushing for a 36-yard score, returning a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and making the game-clinching interception in the final minute … team was 9-3 and a state qualifier in 2011 … Lee is considered a four-star prospect (Scout) and the No. 29 safety prospect by Scout … ESPN ranks him the No. 28 prospect overall in the state of Ohio.
Personal: Originally from Chattanooga, Tenn., Lee moved to Ohio as an eighth grader … Mom, Candice, is a news anchor for WCMH Ch. 4, the local NBC affiliate.
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