There is something to be said for identifying a goal and going out to make that happen, and that is exactly what Darron Lee did this past week.
The New Albany safety (6-foot-2, 205-pounds) returned to Ohio State's camp for a second time, looking to earn the offer he so badly wanted. Tuesday afternoon, Lee's dream came true.
"I have committed to Ohio State," Lee stated. "I got the offer a short while ago, when I spoke to Coach (Luke) Fickell. He told me they were offering me a scholarship, and I couldn't believe it. Before I could even commit, Coach Fickell made me call my mom and my head coach, to tell them the news."
"Once I called the both of them, I was back on the phone with Coach Fickell, and I told him I wanted to be a Buckeye," he added. "My mom and I had discussed this earlier, and the plan was always to take the offer if it came. There was no reason to wait and think it over. This is my dream come true. My mom and I knew they had limited spots, and getting a scholarship would be tough."
Following his impressive performance last Saturday, Lee was told by the Ohio State linebackers coach that he would go to bat for him. Luke Fickell kept his word, which led to Lee committing to Ohio State.
"A big shout out to Coach Fickell from me," Lee exclaimed. "He really went to the wall for me to get offered, and he told me he was going to fight for me to be a Buckeye. He means a lot to me, and the same for Coach (Everett) Withers and Coach (Kerry) Coombs, because they were on my side as well. Obviously, I would run through a wall for this coaching staff for giving me this opportunity."
"I'm excited to play for Coach (Urban) Meyer, and he told me he was going to take the word of his coaches," he continued. "It's rewarding to play for a staff that is upfront and honest with you, and I feel blessed. I haven't had a chance to speak to Coach Meyer yet, and he is on the road so we will talk soon. I committed to Coach Fickell by phone, and he was very happy and excited."
Even though he is listed as a safety, Lee could project at a number of positions, including linebacker. He could also project as an offensive player.
"We didn't really talk about position today, and it doesn't matter to me," Lee admitted. "After camp, we talked about playing linebacker, safety, or possibly at the nickel-back position. We have to wait and see when I get there, and we will figure that out. Coach Fickell said he would find me a home."
In the end, Ohio State saw the chance to grab a player that not only proved through his play that he was talented enough, but by coming back a second time, also proved how much he wanted the offer.