LSU landed its fourth defensive lineman recruit in less than two weeks on Wednesday, as four-star defensive tackle Jalen Lee announced his commitment to the Tigers live on Baton Rouge’s 104.5/104.9 ESPN’s Off the Bench radio show:
Lee will mark the 20th commitment this 2020 recruiting cycle and the fifth total defensive linemen, joining Jordan Berry, Ali Gaye, Patrick Jenkins and Eric Taylor, who announced his commitment just last night. A 6-3, 285-pound prospect out of nearby Watson, La., Lee marks the first of three major in-state prospects that LSU will look to close out this cycle.
Lee picked up 74 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks for Live Oak High School last season, and started to load up on offers once 2019 began: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma all offered Lee, in addition to the Tigers.
Let it all workout... #HomeTownHero pic.twitter.com/OqcVCwHaOE— Jalen (@jalenlee__) June 19, 2019
Lee cited his relationship with defensive line coach Dennis Johnson, along with Ed Orgeron, in his decision.
“I want to help my home state win a national championship,” Lee said in his radio interview with Jordy Culotta and T-Bob Hebert. “I feel like it’s home there.”
The need to load up on defensive line in this class has been a topic of frequent discussion, and with Lee in the fold look for Johnson and Orgeron to turn their attention squarely to the top two remaining prospects in the state — Alexandria nose tackle Jacobian Guillory, and Baton Rouge defensive end/tackle Jacquelin Roy. Guillory will visit LSU officially this weekend. Both recruitments will be an LSU-Alabama battle.
Lee is a stocky, powerful lineman that will likely play in the 3/4i/5-technique positions on LSU’s front, similar to this week’s other commits, Taylor and Jenkins.