Will Lee Brings Length, Speed to Back End of Defense for Texas A&M Football
The first huge portal win of the Mike Elko era, Texas A&M football fans rejoiced when Will Lee announced his intentions to transfer to the Aggies. Lee brings a needed change of physical profile to the cornerback spot for Texas A&M; though the Aggies have had some decent coverage units in years past, they often have found themselves undersized at corner.
Lee is more in the profile of a Myles Jones than a Tyreek Chappell, at least as far as his physical stature. For my money, Lee is more advanced at this point in his career than Jones was, despite the fact that the latter started from game one in College Station (the infamous UCLA game in 2017).
His coverage skills are undeniable. There's a reason he brings the "Blanket" nickname to College Station. He has shown the ability to keep up with some of the best receivers in the Big 12, which is no small feat.
The one question with him, as it tends to be with CBs that boast high-level coverage skills, is his willingness to tackle and take on contact. You can see a bit of hesitation there sometimes when watching the tape. Of course, that's something that can be coached out of a guy—and it will be for anyone who wants to start on a Mike Elko defense.
It's games like the LSU one to close out the year in 2023 where you see the huge need for a guy of Lee's profile on this Texas A&M football team. Chappell and Harmon tried with all their might against those towering Tiger receivers, and were able to corral them for a half, but it ended up being too much for the Aggie secondary. Lee is a much better physical match for that kind of receiver.
Overall, there's much more to be excited about with Lee than not. Assuming Chappell has one of the spots locked down when Notre Dame rolls into town on August 31 (not necessarily a safe presumption, at this point!), I think one of Lee and UAB transfer BJ Mayes are the best bet to be across the field from him.
I can also see a world where Lee and Mayes are the two starters on the back end for the Aggies. If Lee can shore up his tackling, especially, he'll have very few holes in his game that opponents can take advantage of. This is a great add to the roster by Elko when it comes to pure talent, and in the regard of filling a specific role.