A pair of highly touted high school football players have declared their intention to enroll early at Nebraska for the 2015 season. Colorado defensive backs Avery Anderson and Eric Lee Jr. signed financial aid agreements on Friday and will join the Husker football program in January.
A 6-0, 175-pound defensive back, Anderson will be a senior at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs this fall. The Eagles won the 2013 Colorado Class 4A state title with Anderson as a first-team all-state safety. Anderson is ranked among the nation’s top 160 recruits according to Rivals.com, which tabbed him as the No. 156 overall recruit and the No. 17 cornerback nationally.
Lee is a 5-11, 185-pound defensive back from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who will play his final season for Valor Christian High School this fall. Lee was a first-team all-state selection last season for the defending Colorado Class 5A state champions. Rivals.com lists Lee as the nation’s No. 141 overall recruit and the 15th-best cornerback.
Both Anderson and Lee are regarded as four-star recruits and are ranked as the top two recruits in Colorado by Rivals.com.
2015 Nebraska Football Recruit Early Enrollees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
Avery Anderson DB 6-0 175 Colorado Springs, Colo. Pine Creek
Eric Lee Jr. DB 5-11 185 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Valor Christian
6-0, 175, DB, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)
Avery Anderson will look to lead Pine Creek High School to a second straight state championship this fall. In helping the Eagles to the 2013 Colorado Class 4A state championship as a junior, Anderson was named a first-team all-state free safety by the Colorado High School Activities Association. He also earned all-league and all-region recognition after totaling 53 tackles, one interception and three breakups while leading Pine Creek to its first state championship and a 12-2 record under coach Todd Miller. Offensively, Anderson added 53 carries for 386 yards and eight touchdowns. Anderson was a consensus four-star prospect, and he was rated as the No. 2 player in Colorado by Rivals.com, behind fellow early enrollee Eric Lee Jr. Anderson was a member of the Rivals250, coming in at No. 156 on the list of the nation’s top prospects. Additionally, the service ranked Anderson as the nation’s No. 17 cornerback. Anderson was one of 400 prospects nationally to earn a nomination for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In May, Anderson earned defensive back MVP honors at the Rivals Camp Series in Chicago. He committed to Nebraska in February after considering offers from Arizona State, Kansas State and Utah, among others. Anderson is the son of Killian and Angela Anderson and he was born on Sept. 11, 1996.
Eric Lee Jr.
5-11, 185, DB, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian)
Eric Lee helped Valor Christian to the 2013 Colorado Class 5A state championship, and he looks to lead the Eagles to back-to-back titles in the state’s largest class this fall. As a junior, Lee was honored as a first-team all-state defensive back by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Lee’s high school coach is Rod Sherman, and Lee also benefited from the expertise of assistant coach Brian Dawkins, a former All-Pro NFL safety. Lee recorded 45 tackles for Valor Christian as a junior, while intercepting two passes and adding five breakups and three fumble recoveries. A consensus four-star prospect, Lee was ranked as the No. 1 player in Colorado by Rivals.com. He was also ranked as the nation’s No. 141 overall recruit by Rivals and the No. 15 cornerback. ESPN.com also regarded Lee as the top recruit in Colorado, while ranking him as the nation’s 142nd overall recruit and the No. 16 cornerback. Scout.com and 247Sports.com also ranked Lee among the nation’s best 150 players and top 20 cornerbacks. Lee was one of 400 prospects nationally to earn a nomination for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He also earned an invite to participate in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and was named the top performer at the 2014 Mile High 7-on-7 camp. Lee committed to the Huskers in February after also considering scholarship offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Oregon State. He was born on Aug. 13, 1996, and is the son of Dana and Eric Lee Sr. Eric Lee Sr. earned his doctorate degree from Nebraska.