What appeared to be a slam-dunk on paper for Nebraska football came to fruition on Saturday night as Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch) junior defensive back Eric Lee Jr. committed to the Huskers during his Junior Day visit in Lincoln.
The 5-foot-10, 176-pound Lee is arguably the top recruit in the state of Colorado for the 2015 cycle and holds reported offers from Arizona State, Colorado and Colorado State. Rivals and Scout rank the Valor product as a four-star prospect. Lee is listed as the 14th best defensive back and the 116th top player in the nation for 2015 by Rivals.
The slam-dunk portion: "Lee's father, Dr. Eric Lee, played college football at Wayne State and later received a doctorate degree at UNL. He's now the executive director of Colorado Community College Online, but his son, Eric Lee, grew up a Nebraska fan," Omaha.com reports.
Will the in-state Buffaloes continue to pursue Lee? Only time will tell. Lee recorded 45 total tackles with two interceptions as a junior for the 5A champion Eagles (13-1), according to Maxpreps.com.
"His backpedal is smooth, the hips quickly turn and he does an excellent job of finding the ball and staying with his man. He had an interception, and just missed two more, while also having another pass breakup. His ball skills are tremendous and he'll also knock a receivers head off if given the chance. He'll be one of the top DBs in the region in the 2015 class," Scout's Brandon Huffman writes about Lee.
In other in-state recruiting news from the weekend, Pine Creek (Colorado Springs) junior safety and Rivals four-star prospect Avery Anderson joined Lee on Sunday in committing to the Huskers.
The 6-foot-1, 172-pound Anderson originally committed to the Arizona State, but switched his pledge following a trip to Lincoln. Anderson was an integral part of the Eagles' run to a 4A title this past season. Both Lee and Anderson reportedly have established a strong bond with Nebraska defensive backs coach Charlton Warren.
On Saturday, Fairview (Boulder) standout senior wide receiver Sam Martin -- No. 83 in the video above -- switched his commitment from Miami of Ohio to Rutgers. Martin set Colorado records last season with 112 receptions and 1,860 receiving yards.