Trojan draft prospect Marqise Lee will be featured on ESPN’s “Draft Academy” tonight at 7:00 pm Pacific, giving USC and football fans in general a chance to review his incredible life story and get an inside look at his path to the draft.
“Draft Academy follows some of the most talented, talked-about prospects as they train in pursuit of a top spot in the 2014 NFL Draft,” said Matthew Volk, ESPN director, programming and acquisitions. “The show will give fans an intimate look at these players as they pursue their goals of making it to the NFL.”Lee came to USC mature beyond his years, and that maturity paid off quickly on the football field. The root of that maturity came to light later, when publications like the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times detailed the string of family tragedies, the years spent bounced around in foster care, the anger than threatened to derail Lee’s life, and the saving grace of loving caregivers, who helped him find focus and drive in football.
— Lauren A. Jones (@LJonesSports) April 22, 2014
Now, the electric wide out is poised to make his mark on the NFL after breaking records for the Trojans. Projected to be taken midway through the first round, Lee is likely to be USC’s highest draft pick this year. Still, his struggles are not over, as he battles to fight the dreaded “overrated” tag.
Last fall, Lee gave an touching speech before the Widney Society about his life and growth, which you can watch here: