Tech target Vad Lee plans to ‘name a leader’ Christian LeMay style

Vad Lee, here at a recent 7-on-7 camp, has N.C. State and Georgia Tech atop his list. (Photo provided by Vad Lee)

Vad Lee, here at a recent 7-on-7 camp, has N.C. State and Georgia Tech atop his list. (Photo provided by Vad Lee)

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.”

76 comments Add your comment

Logic

July 14th, 2010
4:09 pm

No offense to the ole triple option, but no QB with NFL dreams would want to run that offense in college. Sounds like a big plus for NC State over Tech to me.

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

July 14th, 2010
4:24 pm

rduck

July 14th, 2010
4:27 pm

Best of luck to you wherever you choose to go young man. I really think you could excell at Ga Tech and add alot to that offense.As for your NFL aspirations..People were saying that the GT offense couldn’t put a WR in the NFL also, but they just had one go in the 1st round of the draft. Let your heart and talent be your guide and make the decision that is best for you. If the NFL is in your future, they will find you…

No Logic

July 14th, 2010
4:33 pm

By that logic, no school that runs an offense other than pro style would ever get a QB with NFL dreams. What style of offense does Florida, Texas, Clemson, Texas, Michigan, Penn State, Cincinnati, Auburn, Oregon, Boise State…. run? They all seem to be able to attract quarterbacks with NFL asperations despite not running a pro style offense…. Fail!

Footlong Dawg

July 14th, 2010
4:33 pm

if he is a top prospect with NFL on his mind… that’s a weak list of teams… probably best at N.C. State ???

GT Alum

July 14th, 2010
4:35 pm

Logic, everyone says the triple option is a bad offense for a QB who wants to go to the NFL, but Johnson insists he wants to throw the ball more. And Nesbitt had plenty of chances to read pass defenses and throw the ball last year. He just showed that he’s not a terribly good passer.

Also, last year’s draft evidenced that NFL teams aren’t terribly big on QBs that put up gaudy numbers in a spread offense either, so I guess QBs with NFL dreams shouldn’t want to go to schools like Texas or Nebraska either.

Jerry

July 14th, 2010
4:36 pm

I am suprised Tech is staying on this young man. The guys that like a show and play pick a hat are usually not Georgia Tech material. Tech likes we people not me people. I’m sure Tech can find a good option quarterback for this class whether it is Vad Lee or someone else. If he doesn’t like to run the ball he best find a candyman program where he can throw the ball and duck.

Go Jackets!

HugoStiglitz

July 14th, 2010
4:37 pm

This guy is a 3 star recruit, with a few decent offers and he is doing the im so important Lemay/Lebron way of announcing things and already planning his NFL career? Part of me wonders if Tech should even want this guy.

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

July 14th, 2010
4:40 pm

IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER WHAT VAD LEE DOES. THE ONE WE LET GET AWAY WAS NICK MARSHALL FROM WILCOX COUNTY. GT HAD HIM IN THE BAG UNTIL G@Y @$$ RICHT CALLED HIM AND OFFERED HIM A DB POSITION. MARSHALL IS THE MAN AND HE’S GONNA THROW IT AWAY PLAYING DB? HE PROB WONT EVEN SEE THE FIELD AT DB. IF YOU CAN THROW THE BALL 80 YARDS, YOU NEED TO BE PLAYING QB. OH WELL, HE COULD HAVE BEEN THE MAN OF THE CITY (ATL), BUT NOW HE’S GONNA BE A NOBODY ON A SORRY UGA TEAM.

Delbert D.

July 14th, 2010
4:42 pm

For a QB with NFL aspirations, a pro-style offense is a big plus. Not many kids will get a shot at the pros, however. From the 2007 Rivals Top 10 Pro-Style and Top 10 Dual Threat, 1 (Jimmy Claussen) has been drafted, with some other redshirts and transfers who will get a close look by the NFL. I’d put Ryan Mallett and John Brantley in that category, with Tyrod Taylor a possibility.

The odds are very long for a HS Junior who wants to play in the NFL.

DL Jacket

July 14th, 2010
4:42 pm

Good luck to Vad where ever he goes. I agree with rduck, if you are good enough for the NFL, the NFL will find you. Brett Favre, Ben Rothlisberger, Steve McNair, etc. Go where your heart leads you.

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

July 14th, 2010
4:45 pm

HONESTLY, IF YOUR READING THIS VAD, I REALLY DONT GIVE A SH%T WHAT YOU DO. YOU’RE ACTING LIKE YOURE SOME FIVE STAR RECRUIT OR SOMETHING. THE BEST SCHOOL THATS OFFERED YOU IS GT. FOR REAL DUDE, GET OVER YOUR SELF. YOU SHOULD BE HONORED TO FILL THE SHOES OF JOSH NESBITT. HAVE FUN AT A 6-6 NC STATE SCHOOL.

POAD

July 14th, 2010
4:48 pm

I don’t like all the SHOW ME the LOVE type of recruiting these kids expect. Tell you one thing young man NFL QB’s are hard to find. I hope you spend as much time on your visits checking out your possible Profs and classes you will take. Don’t for get the NCAA commercial, “I am going pro in something other than sports.” I am not saying don’t dream, but you better work hard too and still you need a back-up plan. That BACK-UP PLAN is a good education and to Finish your Degree.

Logic

July 14th, 2010
4:50 pm

Yes, but all of those offenses offer a smoother transition to the NFL game than the triple option. Teams like Florida, Texas, Clemson, Michigan, Penn State, Cincinnati, Auburn, Oregon, and Boise State require their qbs to read the secondary, stand in a pocket, and run a balanced offense like those in the NFL. Nesbitt is a fine QB, but the NFL won’t be salivating over a guy who throws the ball 12 times a game and hasn’t been coached up on the passing game like others. Receivers and running backs like Thomas and Dwyer are one thing, but quarterbacks transitioning to the NFL are completely different.

Captain

July 14th, 2010
4:52 pm

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Fish Fry’s offense is NOT conducive to develop a QB for playing in the NFL, that’s a fact which should not be in dispute. To argue otherwise is simply arguing for the sake of arguing. Fish Fry’s offense is not best for OL who want to play at the next level either, cut blocking and no pass blocking aren’t exactly qualities for success in the NFL. The difference between the Fish Fry offense and those at Fla, Tex and other spread or shotgun type offenses is those do promote passing the ball and offer some semblance of an offensive scheme with WR’s and TE’s running patterns and catching the ball. The Fish Fry offense is more in tune with the old wishbone where the QB keys the option, and you may have one guy running a pass pattern. To say schools with spread type offenses haven’t put QB’s into the NFL is incorrect. Fla just had a QB drafted in Round 1, Tex has Vince Young and now Colt McCoy, Missouri Chase Daniel with the Saints.

If the young man feels good at GT, if he will be happy there he should sign with them. I do have to wonder how many other QB’s Fish Fry told they “were the man” to build his offense around. It’s a common ploy used by many.

CowboysFan

July 14th, 2010
4:56 pm

I don’t think there can be much debate that pro style offenses prepare QBs for the NFL better than the Spread. However, spread offenses are so diverse that some do a better job of preparing QBs better than others.

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

July 14th, 2010
4:59 pm

Spanish: Yo quiero hombres
English: I like men

Foarte Buna

July 14th, 2010
5:10 pm

The kid may or may not make a NFL roster, he’s young so give the kid a break. BUT, he should remember that coaches come and go and the guy who is at NCState may be gone in his 1st, 2nd or 3rd year and he’s on the outside looking in if he’s on a 1, 2 or 3 loser.

Burdell

July 14th, 2010
5:16 pm

Hit the weight room kid.

Jackets!

July 14th, 2010
5:28 pm

This kid does not sound like he wants to be a Jacket…lets give that schollie to someone who wants its. They will play with heart for the team…..none of this me, me, me NFL crap.

John

July 14th, 2010
5:29 pm

Can we please delete all comments in all caps. I really have no idea who those guys/guy are but it sometimes make me wish you had to sign in. That way idiots could be banned.

As for Vad, my gut says he wants to be the next Russell Wilson, but I hear his parents are really high on GT.

To all those thinking Vad Lee is a prima donna; the kid is just doing what is requested of him. The guy is an ESPN150 recruit (i know he is only 3 starts on other sites). The guy probably has 10 people call him a week asking him to name top 10’s, tope 5’s and leaders. Cut him some slack, this isn’t a “3 hats on a table, give me airtime at the army all-american game” kind of guy.

BTW, Vad, being the heir to Nesbitt is better!

Think

July 14th, 2010
5:57 pm

If He wants to go to the NFL you cannot say that going to a run only offense is a good move. If he wants to be an NFL QB not just an ATH He should go to any of the other school than Tech. There is plenty of logic in that. In a pass first offense (Florida) the NFL scouts can see how good of a QB you are. If you throw 5 or less times per game then they will not have enough to properly make a fair assessment of his abilities and will pass on him until a later round.

Jerry

July 14th, 2010
6:04 pm

What’s the fish fry reference with Paul Johnson? Did he come to your church fund raiser and turn over your grease pots or something? I think he prefers to burn Dawgs on the grill!

saint simons

July 14th, 2010
6:16 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!!!!!!
UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

BobbyT

July 14th, 2010
6:19 pm

With his arrogant attitude, I think Tech should drop any thoughts of pursuing this moron and look for TEAM players. This guy sounds like another Reggie Ball to me. Talks trash like he’s some sort of football god instead of just some scrawny little kid (which is exactly what he is!) who should be ecstatic that ANY div-I program is even looking at him, much less making offers! His stats just are NOT that good, and his childish ego and the whole me,me,me mentality far outweigh ANY positives he may have brought to the table. Tech isn’t exactly hurting at the QB position, so they need to pass on this chump. Then again, with that sort of immature, self-centered. and misplaced arrogance he would fit in perfectly at the cow town up highway 316!!!!!

RAMBLINWRECK

July 14th, 2010
6:19 pm

I can tell you one thing, Lee will see GT beat the brakes off NC STATE in atlanta just in a few months. If the kid can really pass, he will get noticed no matter what offense he is in. As far as where he goes, i think he will end up at NC STATE, which doesn’t really matter. We have talent on the roster now in the freshman class. Have fun watching GT in BCS games lee, while you moan to land a bid to the carquest bowl if anything at NC STATE. They are terrible!

G. Evans

July 14th, 2010
6:29 pm

I hope he doesn’t do the ‘Lemay thing’

Don’t want him getting suspended….

POAD

July 14th, 2010
6:30 pm

I am not sure it ia arrogance. I think it is how the Kids PLAY the GAME these days. I don’t like it, but it is an attempt to keep the schools interested in his name. I hope he brings to the table all he says he has. I still say you better Checkout Classes and Professors at the schools. You need to get an education FIRST.

GTman

July 14th, 2010
6:32 pm

Wish we could get him, but he’s a NCSU man.

Coach Hewitt..

July 14th, 2010
7:00 pm

“I can say my list is N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest and Maryland…

LMMFAO…What a weak list….. My good friend Dave Braine & my UGA Law Grad Agent
said hello. The weather is great here at the Kapalua Villas Resort on Maui, playing 18 every day. Staying in a $1350.00/night villa. Thanks for the contract Tech…LMMFAO… Sucks to be you…Later… Paul H…

Reality

July 14th, 2010
7:20 pm

Good luck! I hope you come to Tech even though any of those ACC schools are great.

uga should offer for db

July 14th, 2010
7:21 pm

Redneck sounds angry. Oh and bitter. Triple option is a joke like gt in november.

still waiting on a fourth star

July 14th, 2010
7:23 pm

As always gt gets the scraps.

BS Patrol

July 14th, 2010
7:24 pm

PJ is not afraid to sling the ball IF he has someone who can do it. Remember Tracy Hamm?If you can run & pass you can be a star early at Tech.

Dawgs Run This State!

July 14th, 2010
7:27 pm

BS, If you can run and pass you can be a star at a respectable football school. Moobies won’t ever recruit anyone who has the ability to do both well.

state

July 14th, 2010
7:36 pm

WAW! WAW! young man please dont do the LeMay thing and get suspended like him, Didnt you said u talked to LeMay alot? Iam sure you want to do like him and follow his foots – suspension is coming boi

Moose

July 14th, 2010
7:39 pm

LMAO…… I’m going to the NFL……………. I don’t think so no matter where he plays………..

AtlantaNative62

July 14th, 2010
8:04 pm

It is odd that he says he has NFL aspirations? I’m sure NONE of the other QB’s in college – even the walk-ons in some programs – have those kinds of loft goals. There is a difference between wanting it and making it happen. If you are good enough, you can get to the pros no matter what school or offense you play for. Yes, you must be able to throw the ball to play QB in the NFL but just being able to throw is not enough. You have to WIN in college or you won’t get the chance. Tim Tebow is probably the least “natural” QB I’ve ever seen but his team was NEVER out of a game simply because he is a winner. (Sorry UGAly fans and other Tebow haters) He did not let his limitations (nor those of of his teammates) stop him from being one of the most successful college QB’s of all time.

fire Paul Bewitt

July 14th, 2010
8:09 pm

Come on to GT. look forward to seeing you play.

Notso Fast

July 14th, 2010
8:13 pm

Must have been a slow day for sports news. What if we had a 5 star player talking about his schools. That might make the front page.

Paul in RDU

July 14th, 2010
8:39 pm

He’s going to NCSU to take over from Russell Wilson after he graduates.

fakeRedneckENGINEER

July 14th, 2010
8:43 pm

We lost one to the wolfpack oh well, lets watch star trek reruns

Reality

July 14th, 2010
8:52 pm

He doesn’t want to go to GT for obvious reasons, and you can’t blame him. Calling him a ‘kid’ and implying that he is arrogant/snotty/whiny/stuck up just shows everybody that you are a sore loser.

lucky21

July 14th, 2010
8:58 pm

well said atlanta native and in addition being a great quarterback is more than just about your physical skill set it is also about your decision making ability and attitude. For instance Jimmy Clausen has an amazing physical skill set with an arm like a cannon and perfect mechanics on his throw and also played in a prostyle offense but what dropped him lower in the draft was that even though he had all that the guy was kind of selfish and tended to make poor choices on the field.

jd for gt

July 14th, 2010
9:04 pm

Weight room is the answer if you want to QB at Tech. Compare yourself to Nesbitt to see what you need to look like to take the hits.

Paddy

July 14th, 2010
9:07 pm

The LeMay thing didn’t work out to well, why copy it? You never want to set yourself up so folks will laugh at you. You sir are getting close to being a cartoon character like LeMay! Think twice son, check with your parents and think this thing out.
Go Dawgs

Worm

July 14th, 2010
9:14 pm

Hey RamblinWreck-When is the last time Tech won a BCS Bowl game?.Kid is bound for State to replace russell Wilson..Who would want to get killed running fish fry’s offense, if they could throw at all..you’re lucky to have Nesbitt-He’s a gamer, but Chan recruited him..Look for more Jay Birds to be calling signals for the jACKETS!

Red Panty Dawg

July 14th, 2010
9:19 pm

Has anyone seen Damon tongiht?

Red Panty Dawg

July 14th, 2010
9:21 pm

Worm, what’s that between your legs? Could be red panties or could just be a worm.

Red Panty Dawg

July 14th, 2010
9:23 pm