January 24, 2013

Lee off to strong start

Marquel Lee is settling in nicely at Wake Forest since enrolling earlier this month after graduating from high school in December.

"[I'm] just trying to get adjusted [and] get school under my belt [and] just learning what college is like," Lee said.

"[I'm most excited] to play in the ACC and play top competition and really just trying to go to a bowl game this year, trying to make a statement. We have to make a statement this year as Wake Forest, as a team."

Jonathan Himebauch recruited Lee for the Demon Deacons.

The 6-foot-3 and 215-pound linebacker from Waldorf (Md.) Westlake was joined by Ford Howell and James Looney as the only 2013 Demon Deacon commitments who enrolled early at Wake.

"We're boys," Lee said. "We stick together."

Lee is excited about getting a jump on college academics and football.

"I just want to leave it all out there, leave it in the weight room, leave it on the field, leave it in drills, everything," Lee said.

He can play inside and outside linebacker, but his most likely destination at the collegiate level is to be an anchor in the middle.

Lee, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, recorded 105 tackles (66 solo, 39 assists), four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to lead Westlake to the second round of the state playoffs and an 8-4 finish.

"I played good," Lee said. "I played with passion. I just play the game."

Lee was invited to play in the Crab Bowl and the Chesapeake Bowl following his successful senior campaign.

"They [those all-star games] were great," Lee said. "I gained a lot of knowledge."

Lee's high school head coach Marlon Curtis was an offensive lineman for the Demon Deacons in the late 90's.

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