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  • Wildcats star commits to K-State

  • Blue Springs High School junior Elijah Lee made a verbal commitment to play football at Kansas State University Tuesday afternoon.

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  • Blue Springs High School junior Elijah Lee made a verbal commitment to play football at Kansas State University Tuesday afternoon.
    The Examiner’s co-Defensive Player of the Year and the winner of the Buck Buchanan Award anchored the Blue Springs defense during its 2012 Class 6 state championship run.
    He will be joining Blue Springs junior teammate Dalvin Warmack, the running back and Simone Award winner, at Kansas State, the Big 12 champion last season.
    “I can’t believe how fast the word travels,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said. “Elijah made his commitment this afternoon and 10 minutes later my phone’s ringing off the wall.
    “I’m really happy for him, and me. This commitment means he’ll be here all summer working, getting ready for his senior season and he won’t be going to all those one-day camps. He can just concentrate on Blue Springs football. K-State got a great player and a great kid.”
    Lee, who was best friends with Warmack when they were youngsters growing up in Topeka, Kan., is excited about his senior year and playing football at Kansas State.
    “Dalvin and I talked about going to the same school, rooming in the dorm and then getting an apartment together, and now it looks like it’s going to happen,” Lee said. “When K-State offered, I was ready to say yes.
    “I have cousins who live in Manhattan. They have a great engineering program and their football team is great. Dalvin is going there, so I’ll be going with one of my best friends and it’s pretty close to home. It has everything I was looking for.”
    Lee also talked to Boston College, Northern Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and received offers from Wyoming and Toledo.
    “I talked to all those schools, but I left my options open,” Lee said. “I’m going to be playing outside linebacker, which I think is the best position for me in college.”
    Lee, who also earned all-state and MaxPreps Junior All-American honors last fall, has played defensive end for Blue Springs, but Donohoe said the outside linebacking position is perfect for the junior standout at the collegiate ranks.
    “Outside linebacker is where he needs to be in college,” Donohoe said. “He’s going to get bigger and stronger and with his speed, he should really excel at that position.”
    In 2012, Lee racked up 18.5 sacks and 33.5 of his 71 tackles came behind the line of scrimmage after transferring to Blue Springs from St. Joseph Central.
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