UPDATE: According to BruinSportsReport, Craig Lee has not yet been cleared by the NCAA. The letter he is signing Thursday is not an official NLI, just part of a ceremony at Redlands.
Back on National Signing Day, Jim Mora noted that the 2013 class did not have a running back … yet.
That spot is finally about to be filled, as four-star tailback Craig Lee is set to sign
a national letter of intent with UCLA a ceremonial letter on Thursday. The Redlands High star had held off signing earlier because he needed better test results to qualify, but has since scored high enough on the ACT. A NLI can be signed before an athlete becomes eligible.
From the Redlands Daily Facts’ Ed Castro:
“It’s been pretty stressful,” Lee said. “But I had to do it. I did this to myself. I should have done the work from the beginning but it was my fault. I can’t blame anyone but myself.” …
“It feels good,” Lee said. “It’s a big weight off my shoulders. I just feel real happy. I can relax now.”
Lee should be able to play immediately once admitted, and adds some depth to the Bruins’ backfield committee.