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