After finding his way as a sophomore, Lee lived up to the hype that came with a commitment to the University of Iowa. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Lee was a force on both sides of the ball. He caught 28 passes for 505 yards and eight touchdowns and on defense was close to unblockable with 74 tackles, 28 for loss and 13 sacks. Lee earned unanimous first team all-Three Rivers Conference honors on both sides of the football and was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association all-state team.
The Chargers finished the regular season 7-2 with their only losses coming to top-ranked Sterling Newman and sixth-ranked Rockridge. The Chargers were stout defensively all season, holding opponents to 11.2 points per game in the regular season. Four times the Chargers posted shutouts, including a 40-0 win over Rockford Christian in the first round of the playoffs. Orion followed that up with a last-second 24-21 win over Clifton Central before falling 40-14 in a rematch with Sterling Newman in the Class 2A quarterfinals. The Chargers finished the season 9-3.
"Just really hanging out with the guys and being able to develop chemistry with them. Our first round playoff game was a huge one for us, it gave us confidence heading into the playoffs."
On dealing with the hype of the Iowa commitment
"I really just worked hard in the offseason to make myself the best player possible. I knew I was going to have a target on my back and I just fought through it. The majority of the time I got double-teamed and that opened up our other players quite a bit. I developed a lot because of the competition I was going up against and it really helped me as a player."
Offense or defense?
"I don't know. I really enjoy both of them. I'd probably say defense, I really like playing defensive end and being able to just get in the backfield for sacks. It's fun because I got double teamed quite a bit and it's very satisfying getting through a double team to get a tackle."
On getting ready to defend a state wrestling title
"A lot's expected of me from my team and I'm excited to be able to get back on the mat. I'm not sure if I'm going to wrestle heavyweight or 220 yet, I'm right in between. I'm just excited to be able to wrestle again."
What will he miss most about this team?
"The chemistry. We really had a great bond and enjoyed one another. We're all excited to get back at it. We all know it's going to be hard to replace (five seniors) but we have a lot of guys, we have quite a bit of depth and I think we'll be able to have a good season next year with the guys stepping up."
— Bobby Metcalf