Catching up with Vad Lee

There are a lot of Georgia Tech football fans who are very excited to see what freshman Vad Lee can do this fall.

Lee had quite the career at Hillside in Durham. He was named the Class 4A player of the Year after leading his team to a 16-0 record and state championship. He completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,969 yards with 23 TDs and added 1,004 yards rushing.

He was on his way with a few teammates to watch the Hillside girls basketball team take on Green Hope on Wednesday.

He took a few minutes on the way there to answer a few questions.

Q: Are you looking forward to starting your college career?

A: I’m very excited about coming to Atlanta. It’s a great opportunity with football and with so many jobs that if football doesn’t work out I can get into a great business.

Q: There were a lot of rumors as we got closer to Signing Day that you were wavering on your commitment. How many of them were true and how many weren’t?

A: Some of them were false. Some of them were me trying to get my guys recruited. Most of it was false. I had some questions about Georgia Tech. At the end of the day I stuck with them. I stuck with them for six months. I just had to get adjusted with their language [about the quarterback].

Q: What are you doing to prepare yourself for Tech’s option offense?

A: I’m definitely preparing myself for the option. We have a running back committed to Navy and a defensive back committed to Navy and we go through drills. I have my workout book from Georgia Tech, trying to get bigger and stronger so I can compete for a starting job.

Q: Why did you decide not to enroll early?

A: I just wanted to experience high school life. I’m having fun. We are on our way to the girls [basketball] game with 20 other football players. We are going for a track championship as well. That’s something I’m looking forward to.

I wish I could do both.

Q: What specifically are you working on?

A: Basically the footwork drills. That’s the difference. It should be an easy transition. I’ve been watching plays on youtube and watching DVDs and stuff. It’s something I’ve been practicing the last week or two.

Q: It seems odd for a quarterback who played in a passing offense to want to come and play in an offense that’s different. What was the attraction to Tech and coach Johnson?

A: Coach Johnson knows to win the big one we’ve got to be more [effective passing] and that’s something he’s looking forward to getting into. I’m excited to get there and show what I can do passing the ball as well as running.

Q: Did you watch some of the hits that Joshua Nesbitt and Tevin Washington took last year?

A: I did. That’s one that everybody tried to get me with. I’m a tough guy.

Q: Of course, they also dished some out. Can you put some hits on defenders?

A: [Laughs]. I did a little trucking in my day.

Q: How big are you now?

A: I’m 6-2, 207. I’m trying to get to 210, that would be a good size.

Q: Have you been talking with any other option quarterbacks about what to expect and how to prepare yourself?

A: My teammate that’s going to Navy, he’s talked to Ricky Dobbs for me. He gave me a few tips. It’s a lot of hits, but it’s something that he enjoyed so I’m pretty sure that I’ll enjoy it too.

Q: What about at Tech? Have you been talking with those guys?

A: All of my 2011 recruiting class. They are awesome guys. They love me and I love them. I think we will be making some noise in Atlanta and showing that we can win the big one.

Q: Were you happy to see Tech sign so many offensive linemen?

A: The first guy I talked to was Trey Braun. I was extremely excited that he was coming. That’s a plus.

Q: As a guy who is enjoying the high school experience, how do you hope you will enjoy the college experience?

A: Just the overall experience of college and Atlanta. Atlanta might be my future home, being that I’ll be there for the next four years, and hanging out with my football [teammates] out of football.

Q: Tell me something about you that you haven’t told any other media?

A: Media may be tweeting that I’m a vocal guy, but I’m a really a quiet guy. I’m not that loud or anything.

Q: What is Vad short for?

A: Vad that’s my nickname.

My freshmen year many people couldn’t pronounce Lavaedeay.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

144 comments Add your comment

juvenal

February 24th, 2011
9:47 am

juvenal

February 24th, 2011
9:50 am

just thankful to beat that (sick) guy……………

T-Bone

February 24th, 2011
9:51 am

Have got some receivers that can catch the ball from this kid?

Buzz29

February 24th, 2011
9:54 am

Can’t wait to see this kid play!

Go Jackets!

Chuck Sheen

February 24th, 2011
9:56 am

I honestly think CPJ will pass more with a qb that can actually pass. We only run now because Tevin and Josh couldn’t pass worth a darn. A high school freshman could make better decisions in the passing game. With Vad and Synjyn now in the fold to run the offense I think you’ll see a more balanced approach by CPJ…

Paul in RDU

February 24th, 2011
9:57 am

A solid kid with a good head on his shoulders.
That being said, it is doubtful that Vad will play in 2011-12 – learning the TO, the reads, the footwork, the mesh point, etc. will take some time.

Loyal Jacket Fan

February 24th, 2011
9:57 am

LeeeeeeeeGooooooooo!

and Go Jackets!!!

Frank H.

February 24th, 2011
9:59 am

Welcome to the Tech Family Vad! I have no doubt you’ll do great things here!

New Vad Lee Highlight Film

February 24th, 2011
10:02 am

For those interested in seeing Vad do some passing, check out this highlight reel of Vad connecting with his WR Aquez Willis from Hillside. It’s quite impressive!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2k95TtTdk&feature=related

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
10:03 am

Nobody is questioning Vad’s character and his abilities, but you Techies are being a little hypocritical in the way you are declaring yourselves “back” with a recruit, then turning around and making fun of UGA fans for being excited about their recruits.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he decides the offense isn’t for him and he transfers within 2 years.

don

February 24th, 2011
10:03 am

what’s the good word tech fans, you lose 3 bowl games in a row, one to a service academy, you go 6-7 in a joke of a conference, top notch talent is clearly not going to commit to CPJ based on his system and he being a jerk. Your b-ball program is in absoulte shambles and the AD has aparently burried head in the sand.
I am sure your baseball team will under achieve as it does every year.
Life must be good on the flats.

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:04 am

Vad,
You made the right choice. If you work hard and take care of your business, you can be a STAR in this offense.

GO JACKETS!

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:05 am

Thanks for continuing to obsess over us, DoubleU and don…wish I could return the favor, but I have a life.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
10:09 am

you’re welcome RambleOn84,

I know you forget that it’s a two-way rivalry sometimes, but we hate you as much as you hate us. But for some reason it’s a crime against humanity when you see that we hate you, but it’s “cool” to have your little “to hell with Georgia” pillow fights all over campus.

9-1, since you asked.

blazer

February 24th, 2011
10:11 am

seems like the people over there had a so so year too!!

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:12 am

It takes a very small man to justify his own immaturity with conjecture over the immaturity of complete strangers…but I would expect nothing less of someone like you.

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:14 am

On a RELATED note, that highlight film is pretty awesome. Lee does not appear to have the gun that Nesbitt had (his long passes float a little), but his accuracy is quite remarkable for a high school kid.

If Jeff Greene plays like I think he can, we will have a very potent combo in the passing game.

J.P.

February 24th, 2011
10:14 am

Oh my. Looking at that highlight reel, it appears we got us a QB with a rocket for an arm!

Joshua Barlowe

February 24th, 2011
10:16 am

D A Double U G – I’m wondering why you only keep track of the last 10 games. Is that only as high as you can count?

How about this? Can you count to 4? Let us know when thUGA gets to 4 national championships.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
10:17 am

You can go get Aaron Rogers to run the Tech offense…… but who is around him to help???

Chuck Sheen

February 24th, 2011
10:18 am

D A whatever… We aren’t claiming we’re “back.” We were never gone. One season removed from 11 wins. UGAg on the other hand cannot make that same claim. You can’t be back when you never left. Go “back” to work at Starbucks. I’ll need my afternoon coffee later…

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:18 am

J.P.,
He definitely has a good arm (seemingly much better than Tevin’s, even in high school), but I wouldn’t call it a rocket. His long passes float a bit. The good news is with a big wide receiver like Greene (and Hill, if Vad gets to throw it to him) it can be an advantage to float it a bit, especially in single coverage, which we usually get due to the running game.

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:20 am

I apologize for even acknowledging DoubleDunce…he is the true definition of a loser, as he spends nearly all of his time denouncing Tech rather than praising his own team. Let’s try to ignore him, as we are only feeding his sad ego by responding to him.

J.P.

February 24th, 2011
10:21 am

@ RambleOn84.

OK, maybe not a rocket, but definitely can get the job done! The accuracy and distance at which he is throwing is amazing for a high school player. I think he’s just the recipe we’ve been needing to take it to the next level and will keep it exciting for Tech fans for years to come!

Brad B.

February 24th, 2011
10:24 am

Welcome to the hive Mr. Lee! Can’t wait to see you sporting the WHITE and GOLD!

collegeballfan

February 24th, 2011
10:24 am

As has been pointed out great passers require someone to catch the ball.

The GT passing game last year was as much about drops as inaccurate passing.

Pass blocking?

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:27 am

I completely agree, J.P. The accuracy is what really stands out to me. It is hard to land a deep pass in exactly the right place, but he gets it done. He also seems to nail the short and intermediate passes, too.

I’m telling you, if Coach thinks we can gain yards with the pass we will go to it. Remember back in 08 when Jaybo threw for so many yards against Duke? If the QBs and receivers can handle it, and the O-line can hold their blocks, we will throw a lot more. We still won’t throw 30 times a game no matter the circumstances, but I think 15-20 attempts is realistic if we can make them count.

Vad was the linchpin to this class, and I know he is capable of delivering.

K

February 24th, 2011
10:27 am

What about RECEIVERS?????
Josh hit ‘em in the chest, hands and they still did not catch.
No good to have an accurate passer if no one can catch the damn thing!

Big Pass Blockers

February 24th, 2011
10:28 am

@collegeballfan

We’ve got some big guys ready to pass block for Vad. They’ll get the job done!

Phil Smith 6′5” , 291 lbs.
Omoregie Uzzi 6′3″ , 300 lbs.
Catlin Alford 6′4″ 295 lbs.
Morgan Bailey 6′4″ 305 lbs.
Shaquille Mason 6′2″ 305 lbs.
Bryan Chamberlain 6′4″ 285 lbs.
Trey Braun 6′5″ 305 lbs.

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:29 am

You are right, collegeballfan…but many people didn’t notice that Hill actually started stepping up his game in the final few games before he goofed and missed the bowl game. He dropped so many passes at the beginning of the year that I was sick of seeing him out there, but he started to turn it around.

I think it is very difficult replacing a guy like Demaryius Thomas, and Hill was letting it get to his head. Remember he was only a true sophomore. I believe he will come out a new man this fall and prove to everyone that last year was just growing pains.

K

February 24th, 2011
10:32 am

Youb can be 10 feet tall, but you’ve still got to catch the ball!

Put_Option

February 24th, 2011
10:32 am

D A DoubleU G = Troll

Buddy, you’re a little off base here. First off, its sports pump the effing breaks. I know it must be weird being in your 20s and still a virgin, but don’t worry while you’re reading obscure sports facts and drinking natural ice, real people will pick up the slack.

K

February 24th, 2011
10:33 am

That should be YOU!

GTBob

February 24th, 2011
10:33 am

I’m excited to see Vad play. Hopefully Synjyn has a good year then there can be a battle between the two in 2012. I was worried before about how we would be after Nesbitt left but Im feeling pretty good about it. We look pretty solid in that area.

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:33 am

Don’t forget about Errin Joe at 6′4″, 295. He might have been the best OL we pulled in this year.

I wonder how many of the incoming freshmen will skip a redshirt. If I recall correctly, Trey Braun enrolled early so he should get a leg up on the competition.

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:34 am

“Truth be told,”
Take your garbage elsewhere.

Truth be told

February 24th, 2011
10:35 am

at least when UGA has somebody get suspended for a game or not meet academic requirements, they are “illiterate thugs” in your eyes……

so let’s throw this thing both ways.

Neal

February 24th, 2011
10:36 am

Hill will get 1 more chance to perform. Trust me, if he drops any more truly catchable passes, CPJ is done with him and on to the next guy. We’ve got plenty of recruits labeled Athletes – surely CPJ can find 2 or 3 that can catch the ball. With Vad’s accuracy, receivers don’t have to be 6′5” – an athlete with good hands and can run routes will do just fine.

GTPhenom

February 24th, 2011
10:37 am

I have to agree and disagree with a few people on here. First, to those saying that Nesbitt or Washington couldn’t complete a thing, it might help a bit if the recievers would occasionally catch passes. At least 50 times this past season, recievers had passes literally drop into their hands, be completely catchable, and drop them. That being said, Nesbitt wasn’t a spectaculr, or even great passer. He was adequate, maybe good. Lee impresses me with his skill. Whether or not it will translate will take time to find out. I’m hoping that Greene kid out of Starrs Mill can be a big time reciever like Bey Bey once was for us. The schedule sets up decently, so if we can just get some consistency and not make stupid mistakes (like turning the ball over in the redzone AT LEAST once every game) this season has potential. Personally, I just want to see some improvement. 8+ wins and top half of the coastal would be great. Gonna come down to how well the D is learning and the QB. If both have improved a little bit, we might have a great shot in the Coastal with UM and VT both rebuilding this year.

Big Pass Blockers

February 24th, 2011
10:39 am

Yes, Erin Joe got left off that list – just a typo. Erin Joe is a machine and will most definitely deliver coverage!

WnE

February 24th, 2011
10:39 am

For all you putzes ready to break out the anointing oils you need to realize that coming out of HS Josh was a MORE IMPRESSIVE passer than was was both Vad Lee & Synjin Days, and in the case of Vad Lee Josh did his HS passing against Ga. HS competition which is much tougher than NC HS Competition is.

My point is to be very wary of youtube highlights and HS Stats when assessing a HS QB.

Coming out of HS josh Nesbitt was probably the most highly regarded HS QB that signed with GT since maybe Joe Ham (recruited by Nebraska) or Shawn Jones.

The widespread assumption that Vad Lee is so much better than josh Nesbitt coming out of HS is yet another example of the Kool-Aid drinking that is associated with CPJ’s Recruiting as a means of the GT fanbase of showing loyalty to a HC that has recruited very poorly over his 4 Recruiting classes.

GTPhenom

February 24th, 2011
10:40 am

Agreed. IF Hill can pull his head out of his you know what, put some effort into working to be good, and gets the whole idea about being the next Bey Bey out of his head, he can be great. And I think we fans are partially to blame for that because all we said heading into last year was he would be the next Bey Bey without a doubt, and would be just as good if not better. That is all we ever said.

GTPhenom

February 24th, 2011
10:42 am

Hey, the debbie downer WnE is back. Show a little excitement for a change.

Keep it Up

February 24th, 2011
10:45 am

Please continue to spew garbage WnE. It gives Vad motivation to take his game to the next level. In a way, I say “Thank you”.

WnE

February 24th, 2011
10:46 am

I wish I could show excitement. I just see things the way they are.

We make fun of UGA all the time for being “preseason national champions”, but look at us getting all up in arms about an incoming QB about to play in a run first offense.

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:46 am

Leave Vad Lee’s stalker alone, guys…

Be Careful

February 24th, 2011
10:52 am

Be careful WnE, you’ll break out in “Hives”…

big dawg

February 24th, 2011
10:54 am

ramble on 84, you say you have a life, 11 posts on this blog in less than an hour. yeah, some life.

RambleOn84

February 24th, 2011
10:56 am

Which is more indicative of not having a life? An hour spent on my favorite team’s blog, or a second spent on my rival’s in search of some nice internet bullying?

TechwoodAve

February 24th, 2011
10:58 am

Does anyone know about the wide receiver Tech was suppose to get as a transfer student from a Junior College? Can’t remember the kid’s name. Has he transferred? Is he eligible to play this year?