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D.C.’s top-ranked prospect building relationship with Venables

The top 2019 prospect in Washington, D.C., is developing a relationship with Clemson’s DC.

St. John’s College High four-star linebacker Shane Lee received an offer from Brent Venables during a visit to Clemson on March 4, and he has reached out to the Tigers’ defensive coordinator since then.

“They’ve continued to send me info on their school and I call coach Venables from time to time,” Lee said to The Clemson Insider. “We just talk, about football or just about life in general.”

Lee owns over a dozen offers as a sophomore, with Clemson, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Toledo making up his list.

He said the people at Clemson stood out to him when he was on campus for last month’s junior day.

“When I visited everyone was nice and welcoming,” Lee said. “I saw how much pride people had for Clemson.”

Lee has also made trips to Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State and Pittsburgh this offseason.

He doesn’t know when he will visit Clemson again, but plans to do so at some point.

“My family and I definitely want to get back,” he said.

Lee lists no leaders in his recruitment right now and isn’t in a hurry to narrow things down.

When the time comes to make those decisions, Lee knows what his criteria will be.

“The preparation for the real world, life after football, my education and how much that degree means, the people and the football,” he said.

Lee is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 prospect in D.C., the No. 2 inside linebacker and No. 32 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

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.

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