May 8, 2008

Transfer RB ready to make an impact

Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher will have a dangerous backfield in the 2008 season. Already with an explosive back toting the football in Deschion Baskerville, Fletcher will be adding a transfer in versatile running back Parris Lee. Though he won't be able to compete in the Spring Game due to transfer rules, Lee has already jumped into the mix with his Fletcher teammates in Spring Practice and is ready to make an impact.

"Everything's been going real well," Lee said. "Spring Practice has been going really well. We've got a game coming up on the 23rd. I'm not going to be able to play in that but we've been hitting for about three days and a lot of the guys are focused."

Lee has a written offer on the way from Illinois and has been hearing talk of verbal offers from a number of other schools including FIU, UCF, Arkansas, Memphis and Vanderbilt.

"This is like a blessing for me," he said of the attention. "I was the kind of guy that was always in the background. Now I'm starting to get some exposure."

Currently there is one school that stands out to Lee, the Arkansas Razorbacks.

"Arkansas, it's really cool," he said. "I like that fact that I'm coming into a new environment. They lost their two top running backs and I can come into a place where I can start. Going away from home is a good thing. I always wanted to travel and I grew up loving Darren McFadden. So that's big."

This season, with him playing alongside Baskerville, Lee is ready to share some carries.

"I'm starting at running back with Deschion Baskerville," he said. "I'm gonna get about 15 touches a game and he's gonna get about 20. We're just gonna tote the rock."

Lee also may spend some time on the defensive side of the ball due to necessity. However, he sees himself best as a running back on the next level.

"Mostly I'm being recruited as a running back," he said. "That's my primary position but I play defense because that's where we're short at right now. I'm probably best at the outside running and bouncing it outside. I can run between the tackles because I got a little bigger this spring so I think coach is going to use me between the tackles.

"My real strength is my hands and my speed. I have killer speed."

Case in point, Lee was recently clocked by his coach at a blistering 4.28 seconds in the 40 yard dash. He also has run a 10.5 100 meters in track earlier this spring before his transfer to Fletcher.

Keep an eye out for this quick-rising name on the recruiting trail.


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