To say that the last few weeks have been good to West Virginia would be an understatement. On the field, the Mountaineers have won four of their last five games, and off it, they’ve had even more success, picking up five commitments in the month of October. After a couple of quiet weeks around all of the recruiting world, WVU has picked up another commit, defensive end and West Virginia native Tavis Lee. As the Mountaineers inch closer to signing day, they’ve been putting the finishing touches on their class, and Lee fills a massive need in the class.
— tavis_lee#8 (@tavis_8) November 15, 2017
THE LEE FILE
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Lee is the 20th commitment in West Virginia’s 2018 recruiting class. With his pledge, the Mountaineers now have the 23rd best class in the country, and fourth in the Big 12, behind Texas, Oklahoma and TCU. Lee is the fifth defensive lineman in the class, and the third defensive end, along with Ohio product Alex Williams and fellow West Virginian Dante Stills, though I see him as more of a nose.
Lee picked the hometown Mountaineers over offers from FCS members Albany and Delaware. His only other FBS offer came from Marshall. West Virginia is the closest D1 school to Lee’s hometown, and obviously his only P5 offer, though UConn, Pitt and Old Dominion all expressed interest, and may still offer. While Lee hasn’t been on campus since February, he picked up an offer from WVU on November 4th, an offer he’d been long awaiting. Now, 11 days later, Lee is a Mountaineer, just as he always hoped.
The first thing that shows up in Lee’s tape is his sheer athleticism, and ability to beat linemen with speed and agility. The second thing that shows up is just how raw he is. He doesn’t really have a true position because of his size (he almost looks like a receiver at times, and is roughly the same size as Iowa State star Allen Lazard), and could play either end or linebacker at the next level, depending on his development.
If Lee does end up on the line, he has the potential to be an extremely disruptive pass rusher, with a knack for forcing turnovers and chasing down running backs. While he may be raw, athletes like this are rare, and WVU fans should be very happy about this commitment. His ceiling comparison is hard to nail down because of how raw he still his, but physically his best match is Anthony Barr.