Brycen Lee a complete package
There were 19 quarterbacks invited to NFA’s first annual OpC4 camp that ran Jan. 1-4 in Tampa. Darin Slack, NFA’s Founder and President, kept a close eye on all the rising QBs, and he was particularly impressed with Brycen Lee.
“I observed him courageously fight a high ankle sprain throughout the OpC4 camp, and he did everything you would expect to see from a next-level player,” Slack said. “Brycen is a tall, strong-armed quarterback who has the physical frame and intelligence to play collegiate football.”
High ankle sprains are extremely painful and most send even the toughest athletes to the training room. But Lee pressed on and made it through a camp that pushed everyone involved to the brink of physical and mental exhaustion.
“It was a great camp,” said Lee, who will be a senior quarterback at Lafayette High School in Mayo, Fla., next year. “It was hard and it was really challenging, but it was great. It really built up my knowledge of football a lot, and I think that’s going to be a big help getting ready for next season.”
This past year, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Lee led Lafayette to a 7-3 record and a trip to the state playoffs. “I think we had a really good season,” Lee said.
State title the goal
A varsity starter since his sophomore season, Lee passed for almost 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Hornets this year. “We ran out of the pistol offense and we were really balanced,” Lee said. “Next year, I want to put up big numbers and I want to win state. With the team we have coming back, I think we have a really good chance.”
Lee said the lessons he learned at the OpC4 camp will help him on the field as well as the huddle, sidelines and meeting rooms. “We worked on a lot of footwork, escape drills and a lot of other football drills at the camp,” Lee said. “And we learned a lot about leadership, which was really important. Being a good leader has a very big effect and it helps set the tone for the entire team.”
Lee will be the focal point of Lafayette’s offense next season, and he gives NFA big credit for helping develop his big-time skill at quarterback.
“Honestly, they taught me everything I know about playing quarterback,” he said. “I started with NFA after my sophomore season and that was the first camp I ever went to. They taught me everything about mechanics. I never went to any camps and I never really threw the football right or went about things the right way. NFA really taught me about almost everything, mechanics, everything. I have to give them a lot of credit.”
With his strong throwing arm and ideal size, it comes as no surprise that Lee is already drawing recruiting interest from powerhouse programs from across the country. Troy University in Alabama has already offered.
“The whole process, it’s been going really good,” Lee said. “And I want to check out a lot of other schools, too. Playing college football is a goal I’ve had for a long time. I just want to compete.”
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