Branton Lee said he had been waiting for this day for a long time. He first got to know the Eagle coaches at the traveling camps in Atlanta, and he said he started to form a great relationship with the Coaches and started to dream of the idea of becoming an Eagle.
The feeling from the Eagle coaches was mutual.
At that camp, Lee ran a 4.4 40 twice, he had a 4.02 shuttle, and he broad jumped 10.3. His eye popping numbers told half the story.
The talented wide-out possesses all the intangibles as well that make this a perfect fit.
"I've been hoping for this day since I left that camp over a month ago," he said in an interview with GoldenEaglePride.com.
"Something just felt right, and even though I was hearing from other schools like Troy and FAU, I just kept holding out knowing that something good was coming from Southern Miss. We stayed in close contact, I know Coach Fobbs well, and he just said that good news was coming my way.
"I've had a lot of time to think about it, and when the offer came I talked with my Dad and it really was an easy decision for me. Southern Miss is where I want to spend my career and that is it."
He talked more about what he found appealing about the Southern Miss program.
"Man, I just love everything about it, starting with the coaches," he said. "They have been there for me, and they really care about their players. They had passion and were great teachers of the game.
"Also, I'll be honest, I'm a winner. I've always won wherever I've been, so I wanted to be somewhere that I knew we were going to win, and that is Southern Miss.
"I'm going to work hard with a focus of bringing Southern Miss to the next level. We can get there, and I'm coming to help."
Lee is the type of receiver who will bring break-away speed, great hands, and a play maker for the Eagles for years to come.
"I love the high powered offense," he said. "It gets the receivers in space where they can make plays and get up and down the field. That is what I want. I can't wait to get there."
Lee joins Jamarcus Revies as two speed receivers for the Eagles in the class of 2013.
He said he's looking forward to the opportunity to play in front of the fans and get a good education at a school he loves. Lee is a good student who is on pace to meet every requirement. He also has all the key ingredients that college coaches are looking for.
"I'll be a leader and a guy who is a team player," he said. "This is not about me, but about our team. I'm a guy that will get along with teammates and do whatever it takes to continue to bring a winner to Southern Miss."
Welcome to Southern Miss, Branton.