The newest batch of Georgia Tech football players is arriving. After one final evening at home Tuesday, incoming freshman quarterback Vad Lee planned to decamp from his Durham, N.C., home around midnight Wednesday to begin the trek down I-85 to Atlanta.
“I probably won’t be able to sleep,” said Lee, who was to make the drive with his parents. “It’ll probably be emotional and exciting and everything else.”
The entire class is expected to report to Tech by 8 a.m. Wednesday, excluding early enrollee Trey Braun, an offensive tackle. They’ll be fitted for equipment and move into their dorms Wednesday and go through orientation Thursday and Friday. The second session of summer classes begins Monday. Lee has been keeping in touch with many members of the 23-member 2011 signing class.
“Now we finally get to spend time with each other,” Lee said. “It’s going to be an awesome experience.”
He has also been communicating with current players such as offensive lineman Will Jackson, wide receiver Stephen Hill, B-back Charles Perkins and A-back B.J. Bostic.
Lee said he has spent the summer following a workout plan put together for the freshmen by the strength and conditioning staff and trying to prepare his body for the rigors of college football. He has done what he could to study up on the Georgia Tech offense, even looking at plays on Youtube.
“Anywhere I could find information,” he said.
While plenty of fans have been clamoring for Lee to win the starting quarterback job — he faces long odds, given the two-week window he’ll have to compete with No. 1 Tevin Washington and No. 2 Synjyn Days before the team begins preparations for the opener against Western Carolina — Lee wouldn’t bite.
“I just want to prove myself and just go out and do all that I can,” he said. “I can’t really control everything else. I know I can control myself and how I perform.”