Vad Lee, Georgia Tech’s top quarterback target, plans to “name a leader” a la Christian LeMay within the next three weeks.
The 6-foot-2, 193-pound athlete from Durham, N.C., is good friends with LeMay, a University of Georgia pledge, and is strongly considering handling his recruitment the same way as that five-star prospect. That is, to name a leader rather than to full-out commit.
“I think I’m going to do the Christian LeMay thing,” Lee said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “Me and Christian have been talking a little bit and I really like what he did when he named a leader and all that. So I may take that approach and name a leader. That way there won’t be too much pressure on me but I can still take my five visits. I want to do that.”
LeMay, who had upward of 30 scholarship offers, named a final five at a press conference in late April and tabbed the Bulldogs as the school at which he “intends to enroll.” But LeMay reserves the right to look harder at his other finalists, including Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.
Lee doesn’t have quite as many overall offers as LeMay (about a dozen or so). But Lee is set on taking his maximum of five official visits this fall and wants to do so with a clean conscience.
“I can say my list is N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest and Maryland, probably in that order,” Lee said. “Those are my plans for official visits.”
In the meantime, Lee has stayed busy getting to know each one better. He was at N.C. State last weekend. He’s going to Wake Forest this weekend. He plans to return to Georgia Tech on July 20th and will try to get to Maryland sometime after that.
After all that Lee thinks he’ll have enough information to name a leader.
“Before the season definitely; sometime in August, maybe even the end of this month,” he said of a possible decision date. “But it wont go past August 7th. It won’t go past that.”
That’s when Hillside High’s preseason practices begin in earnest.
“I want to have an idea where I’m going and where I feel most comfortable at by then,” Lee said. “But I’m still gonna take my five official visits, probably.”
According to Lee, Georgia Tech will be willing to wait. He said he is being recruited purely as a quarterback and is being told he is the Jackets’ No. 1 target at the position.
“They’re set on me as their quarterback; they remind me of that every day,” Lee said. “They want me as their quarterback running their offense. They feel like I can bring so much more to their offense since I can throw the ball and I’m able to run. They say they’re going to open it up a little more with me.”
Lee shared his thoughts on N.C. State and Wake Forest as well.
Wake Forest: “I’m actually going to Wake Forest Saturday. They’ve definitely been impressing me with the recruiting thing and keeping in contact with me. They’ve been wanting me to get up there for the longest and I actually have an opportunity this weekend, so I’m really looking forward to that. They’re going to a shotgun/option kind of thing [on offense]. They’re going to stay pretty much balanced, not run-oriented like Georgia Tech, but there will be a lot of running of the quarterback and run-throw option for the quarterback. I really don’t have a good feel for it right now but I’ll know a lot more about it after I visit.”
N.C. State: “They’re a pro-style offense and that’s why I like them. It’s not the only reason but I have plans to go to the NFL. They’re more of a pro-style offense. They throw the ball a lot. Coach [Tom] O’Brien’s staff at Boston College they were top three in passing in the ACC and they’re doing the same thing at N.C. State. I like to throw the ball around and that’s why I like them. And they’ve probably as consistent with me as anybody.”
As for the Jackets, Lee said he hadn’t really seriously considered them until making an unofficial visit earlier this summer.
“I went to Atlanta and, to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much,” he said. “But they really impressed me and that’s why I want to go back. I want to learn more.”