Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2019 Four-Star LB Calls Notre Dame "Different"

June 14, 2017

2019 St. Frances Academy (Md.) linebacker Shane Lee picked up an offer from Notre Dame in March, and it was a place the four-star prospect put on his list to see sooner than later.

On Sunday, Lee got his chance to visit South Bend, and he left with a very positive impression of what the Notre Dame program offered.

“It was different than other schools I have visited, but it was a good different,” Lee told Irish Sports Daily. “People had said things about Notre Dame before my visit. I went into the trip with an open mind and not being biased towards anything because I wanted to develop my opinion on the school.”

There are many differences between Notre Dame and other programs, but the student body size and community life stuck out to Lee.  

“It’s one of the smaller schools I have visited regarding population,” explained Lee. “The dorms aren’t football dorms but you room with regular students instead of athletes. I think that’s cool and beneficial in different ways.

“The Catholic piece of it was also huge. It was the first Catholic school I have visited. You see and feel the presence of Notre Dame when you walk around. Everything was aesthetically beautiful in the buildings. It was a sunny day, so it was a great day to be there.”

Lee also couldn’t help but notice the Campus Crossroads project when he was at Notre Dame Stadium.  

“The stadium renovations are cool,” Lee said. “It’s cool they are blending academics and athletics together in one setting. They are trying to bridge the gap, and that’s cool.”

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder also got a chance to meet with defensive coordinator Mike Elko and linebackers coach Clark Lea on his visit.  

“I talked to Coach Lea about football,” stated Lee. “I have spoken to him on the phone but meeting him in person was great. It was good to find out what he likes and doesn’t like. I got to see how he teaches guys the scheme too.”

Lee already holds offers from the likes Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin, so it was crucial to get him on campus early. The D.C. native doesn’t quite have his summer schedule planned out in full just yet, but he does know two visits he will be going on over the next few weeks.

“I am going to go to West Virginia this weekend for a camp, and I will be at Penn State on July 15th,” he stated.

Despite the extensive offer list, Lee isn’t in a hurry to decide on a school or even release a list of top schools. He will continue to visit as many programs as he can so he can formulate what he wants in a program.

“I am going to wait and see how things go,” said Lee. “I want to get to as many places as possible, and I haven’t been to every place I want to go. I don’t know if it’s realistic to get to every place I want to see, but I am going to try.

“I just want to experience everything I can.”  

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