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 , 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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