Bill Rabinowitz
Columbus Dispatch

Darron Lee doesn’t know what position he will play at Ohio State, and he doesn’t really care.

All that matters to him is that he’ll be a Buckeye.

Within 10 minutes of defensive coordinator Luke Fickell offering him a football scholarship Monday after an impressive performance at Ohio State’s Senior Advanced Camp last weekend, the New Albany standout accepted.

Defensive tackle Michael Hill of Pendleton, S.C., also committed to the Buckeyes, giving them 14 so far in the Class of 2013.

Lee played wide receiver, quarterback and safety for New Albany last year. It hasn’t been settled where he’ll play for the Buckeyes, though he might begin as a safety.

“It’s probably going to be on the defensive side of the ball,” Lee said. “That’s all [Fickell] really told me: ‘We just really want you on the team.’ That’s all I needed to hear.”

Lee described himself as a fierce competitor.

“I’ll do whatever I can to help my team win,” he said, “whether that be being the water boy or scoring touchdowns or making interceptions.”

Lee spent his early years in Chattanooga, Tenn. He moved to Ohio five years ago. His mom, Candice, is a television reporter/anchor for Channel 4.

Though he didn’t grow up an Ohio State fan, Lee said the Buckeyes, particularly their rivalry with Michigan, grew on him after he moved here.

Lee is rated a three-star recruit, but that might be in part because of a groin injury that hampered him last season. Among the schools that also offered scholarships were Arizona State, Illinois, West Virginia and Cincinnati.

“If you look at his offer list, the three-star ratings would be about right where you’d expect it to be,” veteran recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said. “But watching him in camp, I think he performed at a level higher than that. He definitely passed the ‘look’ test.”

Lee is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds.

“He has room to grow,” New Albany coach Mark Mueller said.

If he does, he could become a linebacker.

Lee said his time in the 40-yard dash is in the high 4.4- to 4.5-seconds range.

Mueller said Lee is a high-character, hard-working kid.

“They want high-quality kids to play at Ohio State,” he said. “I think Darron fits that.”

Part of Lee’s personality, Mueller said, is to not only demand excellence from himself but from his teammates.

Lee concurred.

“I’m responsible for everybody on the team,” he said. “If somebody is not busting their tail, I’ll get on him, not only to help him but to help the guy next to him, to help the team.”

More on Hill

Hill, 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, is rated a four-star prospect. Rivals.com lists him as the No. 5 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 89 recruit overall. He had offers from schools including Michigan, Alabama, Florida and LSU. He joins a strong defensive line group that consists of Florida’s Joey Bosa, Elyria’s Tracy Sprinkle and Youngstown’s Billy Price for 2013. The Buckeyes’ incoming freshman class is considered to be even more loaded, so it’s clear that building a dominant line is one of Urban Meyer’s priorities.