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USC’s Marquise Lee is ready for his close-up

As one of the top high school recruits in the nation Marquise Lee the wide receiver from Inglewood, CA that starred locally at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, CA had several offers from the likes of Florida, Miami and Oregon to name a few, but chose to play collegiately at USC. As a true freshman in 2011, Lee won one of the starting spots at wide receiver opposite former standout Serra High alum Robert Woods.

"Marquise Lee in the process of setting a Pac 12 Record"
Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The group USC placed on the field offensively of Marquise Lee and Robert Woods at wide out and Matt Barkley at quarterback was a lethal combination for the opposition. Lee and Woods combined for 184 receptions and 2, 435 receiving yards in 2011. Lee was a three-year starter at USC and the Trojans go-to receiver despite the immense talent of Robert Woods.

There are three wide receivers in most systems listed as Z, X and F positions. The "Z" position is most commonly associated with the West Coast offense, featuring greater size to fend off the jam and strength to work across the middle and run after the catch. The "X" position works mostly outside the numbers and does the most damage down the field. The "F" position makes a living dependably working the short passing game. Lee can play either the X or F position.


Position: Wide Receiver

School: USC

Class: Junior


Height: 6' 0"

Weight: 195 lbs.

40-yard dash: 4.47 (via

Career Stats

Year GP/GS Rec Yds Avg TD's Lng

2013 11/11 57 791 13.9 4 71 yds

2012 12/12 118 1721 14.6 14 83 yds

2011 12/12 73 1143 15.7 11 59 yds

Totals 35 Gms. 248 3655 29



• Biletnikoff Award

• Unanimous All-American

• Fist team All-Pac 12

• Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year


• Pac 12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year

• Second Team All-Pac 12

National Prospect Ranking

Scouts Inc. - #15 Overall/ #3 Wide Receiver

Mel Kiper -ESPN #14

Todd McShay – ESPN #15 Analyst Mike Mayock #2 Wide Receiver #2 Wide Receiver / #15 Overall #18 Overall #2 Wide Receiver #11 Overall #16 Overall #15

Most Desirable Traits for Wide Receiver

Separation – A product of pure speed, quickness or craftiness. Separation gives the quarterback a clear lane to throw the ball. Hands – Great receivers do not double-catch or cradle the ball. Great receivers can extend outside the frame of their body with great concentration to make acrobatic and one-handed grabs.

Body Control – Great receivers can contort their body in the air to grab the most off-target, poorly thrown ball. Great receivers can adjust their body to high-point the ball and catch it at its highest or if necessary laying out parallel to the ground to reach it while keeping both feet inbounds.

Route Running – The ability to show the mastery of running the route tree, make every route look the same over the first eight yards and keep defenders on their heels. Blocking- A receiver needs to give a solid effort and have the strength to wall off a cornerback, safety or a linebacker. All long runs from scrimmage include a solid block from a wide receiver.

Big Play Ability- Long stride ability with top-end speed and a rare extra gear to track the ball downfield. The ability to win one-on-one downfield, create after the catch and the turn a short throw into a big play.

When scouts view what Marquise Lee brings to the table their focus should land on the 2012 season when he averaged 132 receiving yards per game. Lee is a focused, highly motivated, dynamic playmaking receiver who has gone through a lot in his life and has shown all the traits desired of a No. 1 wide receiver. Lee has good, but not great size for the position. Lee is an explosive athlete with excellent change of direction skills, ball skills and body control. Lee is a big-time vertical threat who can take the top off a defense. Lee is a catch and run playmaker who is explosive after the catch. Lee has game-breaking return ability.

Jeff Little is the host of "The Locker Room" a daily sports talk radio show based out of Los Angeles 6-8 pm PST Follow on twitter @JeffLittle32, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+

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