Elijah Lee Interview
Sr. / Charleston Southern / DB
Updated - 3-7-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Elijah Lee: My height is 5’10 ½, my weight is 189 pounds and I am pretty sure that I can run the forty in the high 4.3’s or low 4.4’s.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Elijah Lee: I had a lot of interest from Division I schools. Missouri, Michigan State, UCLA, Rutgers, Syracuse, Alabama and Temple had interest in me.
Alex Khvatov: How did you wind up at a junior college?
Elijah Lee: I didn’t have the grades. I didn’t qualify academically. First, I tried to go to Hargrave Prep School. I tried out for the team. I ran the forty and tested well. They decided that they were going to take me. But my GPA was too low. So I couldn’t get in there. It was already late in the process. Most of the junior colleges already signed their guys. I went to Globe Institute of Technology in New York. My defensive coordinator at my high school became the head coach at the Institute.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to transfer to Charleston Southern?
Elijah Lee: There was a misunderstanding with my school credits. I was only credited in the state of New York. Temple and Maryland came to see me. Then I was supposed to go to Grambling State. Missouri started calling. I didn’t know that my credits weren’t going to transfer. I tried to appeal for credits. Stony Brook also dropped out. I started talking to Charleston Southern, and they took a chance.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your career at Charleston Southern.
Elijah Lee: I didn’t start the first four games of my junior season. They really didn’t trust me. Eventually they had to start playing me. I led the team in tackles. I was a second team all-conference. I had one INT playing safety. I also played a little bit of a receiver as well. I scored a TD on a reverse. My senior year, I was voted preseason first team all-conference. They thought that I would play safety. I knew that I would be a corner in the NFL. So I made the transition to corner. I had two interceptions. The first INT came against Campbell University. I had my second INT for a TD against Gardner-Webb. I was voted second team all-conference.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Elijah Lee: Test Football Academy in Martinsville, New Jersey.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your experience at the College All-Star Bowl in Greenville, South Carolina.
Elijah Lee: I had a good experience. I met some very good players and legendary coaches. The coaches taught me a lot about the game. It was also a good opportunity to show that I belonged at Division I level. We didn’t have practice the first two days there. We got snowed in. We had just one practice. We had one-on-one’s and seven on seven. I had six passes thrown my way and only one person caught a pass on me. During the game, I made a big hit against the FB from Miami. I knocked the ball loose, and the pass was incomplete.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to show scouts during your Pro Day?
Elijah Lee: My strength and conditioning coach is saying that the pro day will be in the middle of April. I am also trying to attend the Rutgers pro day. I am planning to run a high 4.3 or a low 4.4 forty. I want to bench press at least 10 reps.
My vertical jump should be 40 or higher. My broad jump should be at least 10 feet. I plan to run my L drill in the 6.40 and 6.50 range.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Elijah Lee: My feet are one of my strengths. I move around pretty well. I can cover well. I have great ball skills. I am also not scared to tackle.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Elijah Lee: My press coverage.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Elijah Lee: It would have to be the Gardner-Webb game. I had an interception and ran it back for a TD. I also played against Matt Hazel from Coastal Carolina. He caught only one pass against me.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Elijah Lee: My favorite NFL player was Deion Sanders. Charles Woodson is my favorite player now.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Elijah Lee: Paul Richardson from Colorado. We were sitting in cover 3 all day. He just kept running hitches and making plays. We didn’t play press that game.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Elijah Lee: Malcolm Jackson. He plays corner. He is a good press corner. He has long arms. He knows how to make plays.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Elijah Lee: It is something that I have been doing since I have been a little kid. I watched my older brother play. I love the game. I have the passion for it. It makes me happy. Football excites me.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Elijah Lee: I like to go to the movies and bowling. I like to hang out with my friends.
Alex Khvatov: You are a small fish in a large pond, what does it feel like to be an under the radar type of guy?
Elijah Lee: It makes me want it more. I want to be better. It gives me the drive.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Elijah Lee is….
Elijah Lee: Off the field, I am laid back, calm and cool. I like to observe. I am quiet off the field. I am always smiling. I am outgoing. I am always positive. On the field, I am always positive as well, but I switch to a whole new gear. I love to compete. I am hard working.
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