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Country's top middle linebacker talks Clemson visit, offer

Washington (D.C.) St. John’s four-star linebacker Shane Lee visited Clemson last weekend for Junior Day and came away with an offer from the Tigers.

The top-ranked sophomore middle linebacker nationally spoke with The Clemson Insider about the offer and his time on campus.

“It felt good, it was very humbling,” Lee said. “I was talking to coach Venables and he offered me. He likes the way I attack and get downhill.”

Lee made the trip with his parents and younger brother.

“It was very nice,” Lee said. “The people were very friendly and showed a lot of hospitality.

“A highlight for me was how much coach Swinney talked about education and how important it was to get your degree. It showed my family and I a lot about Clemson as a program and what they value.”

What did Lee hear from the coaching staff as a whole?

“They all talked about how much of a family they are as a team,” he said.

Among the other schools that have extended early offers to Lee are Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and UCLA.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder led St. John’s to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title last season and was named a first-team member of the MaxPreps 2016 sophomore All-American team.

He doesn’t claim any leaders early in the process.

“No school is above another,” Lee said. “I value every opportunity I get.”

Lee is rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 prospect in D.C., the No. 1 middle linebacker and the No. 23 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

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