When Elijah Lee joined the Blue Springs (Mo.) football program in the fall, he set out to impress teammates who knew virtually nothing about him.
As it turned out, he caught the eyes of some college scouts in the process.
After a decorated first season at Blue Springs, Lee committed to Kansas State on Tuesday, opting to join teammate Dalvin Warmack, a running back who committed to the Wildcats a month ago.
A rising senior who transferred from St. Joseph (Mo.) Central, Lee is a hybrid defensive end with the ability to shift to outside linebacker. His coach, Kelly Donohoe, often notes his speed off the edge, which was apparent in Lee’s first season with the Wildcats.
Lee recorded 72 tackles and 15.5 sacks during his junior season for the eventual Missouri Class 6 champions. He was later named the winner of the Buck Buchanan Award — handed to the top lineman or linebacker in the Kansas City metro.
Lee also had offers from Wyoming and Toledo.