Hometown: McDonough, Georgia
High School: Ola
Position: Defensive line
Rivals: 3-star recruit, #72 in Georgia
247 Sports: 3-star recruit, #50 defensive tackle, #73 in Georgia, #820 national
Other offers: Ole Miss (previously committed), Arizona State, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Mississippi State, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
It’s clear that the defensive line was a big area of emphasis in Vanderbilt’s 2021 recruiting class, with five players signed along the defensive front. Devin Lee was a late addition to the class after decommitting from Ole Miss on December 3; the big man then signed with Vanderbilt on the first day of the early signing period at the same time he made his decision.
It’s easy to see what Vanderbilt liked in him: he’s a pretty big guy at the defensive tackle spot (listed at 6’3”, 275 pounds) and on film looks to be strong and quick off the ball. Per MaxPreps, as a senior, he had 58 total tackles with 12 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. (That last number was actually down from his junior season, when he had a ridiculous 17 sacks, but either way it’s the sort of dominance you’d expect from an SEC defensive line prospect at the high school level.)
Lee is the second-highest rated defensive line prospect in Vanderbilt’s signing class behind Marcus Bradley, and while he’s not quite as big and explosive as Bradley, on a defensive front that wasn’t very good in 2020 Lee should be a candidate for early playing time.