QB Vad Lee to decide between Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Wake Forest on Thursday

Quarterback Vad Lee of Durham, N.C., fits Georgia Tech's offense to a T. (Photo by Ray Black III/newsobserver.com)

Quarterback Vad Lee of Durham, N.C., fits Georgia Tech's offense to a T. (Photo by Ray Black III/newsobserver.com)

Georgia Tech had to feel a little stung when running back Romar Morris chose North Carolina over the Yellow Jackets on Monday. But they’ll feel a whole lot better if they land another Tobacco Road athlete later this week.

Vad Lee, an all-star quarterback from Hillside High in Durham, N.C., will announce his decision between Tech, N.C. State and Wake Forest on Thursday at 4 p.m.

“I’m still evaluating them all now,” Lee said as he made his way from school to practice Tuesday afternoon. “I pretty much know what I want to do but it’s hard because all of them are good situations. That’s why I backed off making an announcement on Aug. 7. It’s a hard decision.”

But it’s one Lee has been methodical in making. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound athlete has made trips to the campuses of each of his three finalists the last two weekends. Tech was his final stop when he attended its scrimmage this past Saturday. He was at N.C. State’s scrimmage the day before and visited Wake Forest the previous weekend.

Like Morris, Lee is a perfect fit for the Jackets’ spread-option offense. At Hillside, he plays quarterback in a triple-option offense run out of the pistol formation (running back lines up behind the signalcaller in the shotgun). As such, Lee is the chief play-maker on the team. As a junior last season he rushed for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns while also completing 70 percent of his passes for 2,013 yards and 10 TDs.

All three of his finalists are recruiting Lee as a quarterback. But he is a versatile athlete. He played wideout as a sophomore and had 1,124 yards receiving and 9 TDs.

The Jackets already have one commitment from a North Carolina quarterback. However, Airyn Willis (6-2, 180) of High Point, N.C., is listed as an “athlete” as a recruit and could play A-back or wide receiver at Tech.

Meanwhile, Morris was a tough loss for Tech. The 5-10, 185-pound speedster was tailor-made to play A-back in the Jackets’ offense. But North Carolina won out after coach Butch Davis and his staff promised Morris he’d play tailback in their pro-style offense rather than slot receiver as had originally been discussed.

Morris also cited distance as a factor. Chapel Hill is 100 miles away from Salisbury rather than 300 from Atlanta.

“It was just my family and what school was best for me,” Morris told Rivals.com. “Georgia Tech is a nice school, but when I went down to North Carolina I just felt like I was at home, it was a better place.”

Morris, a two-time state sprint champion who ran a 4.31-second 40 at a Nike combine this summer, also will run track for the Tar Heels.

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71 comments Add your comment

BigTimeTECHFan

August 17th, 2010
4:52 pm

Sweet, Tech keeps finishing 2nd

BigTimeTECHFan

August 17th, 2010
4:53 pm

Morris 2nd, Vaughters 2nd, Vlad Lee……

BigTimeTECHFan

August 17th, 2010
4:54 pm

Saturday I saw Lee, Jabari Hunt Days in stands, and 2 other recuits Tech was showing around. Wonder who they were?

Old Tech fan in NC

August 17th, 2010
4:56 pm

185? How about 170…but fast

Paddy

August 17th, 2010
5:08 pm

Can’t blame Morris for wanting to stay closer to home so his family could watch him play. We hope for the same things with players from Georgia.

Burdell

August 17th, 2010
5:10 pm

Would be a nice addition but definitely not holding my breath on this one…

Hoping for a late surge in recruiting after another great season in 2010. GO JACKETS!!

Paddy

August 17th, 2010
5:10 pm

Sounds like Vad would be a perfect fit for what Tech has to offer.

Tim Tebow's Tears

August 17th, 2010
5:11 pm

I’m getting pretty erked at this recruiting class…

cattledawg

August 17th, 2010
5:20 pm

I thought you guys had both these players.

Dan

August 17th, 2010
5:20 pm

I think he’s going to NC State.

michael

August 17th, 2010
5:35 pm

i’m just afraid that the city of atlanta has too much of everything to offer a small town kid. hell, we can’t even get the thugs that the florida schools get let alone the small i.q. kids that go to uga. at least we have a coach with a basic system. gailey knew we didn’t and won’t have the caliber of athletes to compete at a high level, hence he returns to the NFL!

Wreckmaniac

August 17th, 2010
5:45 pm

Nesbitt has done a great job with PJ’s mystery offense and there are plenty of other kids who can do as well.

Joe Schmoe

August 17th, 2010
5:48 pm

According to many of the recruiting services, it appears that GT is on the fast track for this kid. We will see though.

Jacket Fan

August 17th, 2010
6:06 pm

Sorry to change subjects, but did Deck McGuire sign with Toronto, and is DeAndre Smelter coming to Tech?

BT

August 17th, 2010
6:09 pm

Morris was Tech’s #1 target at A-back, but that’s probably the easiest position to recruit at GT, and we’re deep for the future. Lee would be a nice get though at QB. Still not convinced it’s over with Morris though, stuff is going down at UNC with the NCAA investigations.

RAMBLINWRECK

August 17th, 2010
6:45 pm

UNC about to get popped for ncaa violations and i bet anyone morris ends up at GT. UNC will be playing without 2 of its big time defenders this season also. Look for this to hit the fan before the season starts folks. BANK ON IT! Lsu will destroy them to kickoff the season also. UNC not beating them in the dome where LSU is stout no matter who they bring with them.

ormewood

August 17th, 2010
6:57 pm

Ramblinwreck, where are you getting your info? Message boards? UNC may lose Austin for part or all of the season, but that is the only defender that I have heard that might be jeopardy. Little (WR) is under scrutiny, but multiple links that I have read, have him receiving no penalty.

CrackDaddy

August 17th, 2010
7:29 pm

BT, you ought to be “BS”. Morris is not going to back off UNC commitment. Salisbury is big-time UNC territory. He can come back home after his playing days are over and remain a home-town hero, if not a state-wide hero. Wise up! UNC might lose some player-time, but nothing that will set the program back in the least. Look at the 2011 recruiting, they are currently ranked 9th with more big signings to come. Butch is a beast of a recruiter.

and tech signed who?

August 17th, 2010
7:31 pm

Pj keeps missing on his main targets.

gtjacketfan

August 17th, 2010
7:33 pm

@CrackDaddy. If UNC recruiting coordinator Blake gets fired you might lose some of that confidence in the current recruits. I’m hearing thats a real possibility at this point.

bgilbert

August 17th, 2010
8:13 pm

sorry techies, uga is about to get one of the best recruits in the country tomorrow and you can’t even get a 3 star a back, it hurts doesn’t it. wilder will be a beast, and again tech will end up as 52nd overall.

GO DAWGS!!!

The Grapevine

August 17th, 2010
8:25 pm

Wilder to UGA…..OMG it’s raining Sugar!! Another RB to pile up yards against the stinger-less bees.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/438084-top-recruit-james-wilder-jr-will-commit-to-georgia-according-to-sources

SILLY UGA FANS

August 17th, 2010
8:27 pm

Vad Lee was sporting a GT shirt and pointing at it when taking pictures sat. for what it’s worth. Morris would have been a nice fit and I hope Davis is not playing this kid by now saying they want him as a RB as soon as he started leaning toward GT instead of the original slot-reciever position they were recruiting him for.
Crackdaddy nobody will question the great recruiting Butch Davis has don the last couple of years, but if UNC were to get slapped like USC recruits will RUN to other schools.

GT BABY

August 17th, 2010
8:46 pm

I GUESS ALL OF US GT FANS CAN GET USED TO BE #50 IN RECRUITING EVERY YEAR. HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE ARE WE GOING TO LOSE. MORRIS CHOSE A TEAM THATS GOING ON PROBATION OVER US FOR CHRIST SAKES. Y’ALL DONT HOLD YALLS BREATH FOR LEE EITHER. IF HE CHOSES NCST OVER TECH, THEN IVE LOST ALL FAITH IN PJ’S RECRUITING. ITS PRETTY OBVIOUS THAT OUR OFFENSE HURTS OUR RECRUITING. OH WELL, I GUESS TWO STARS WILL HAVE TO WORK.

2 star

August 17th, 2010
8:54 pm

# 50 in recruiting, # 1 in the ACC. I’ll take that any day. BCS bowl over Baton Rouge motel party…dawga fans!!

Buzzzed

August 17th, 2010
8:55 pm

Good for UGA . Sounds like you’re going to get Wilder. He’ll be able to contribute more at UGA than at FL. But, playing at Tech would have best served his future (NFL or otherwise).

SILLY UGA FANS

August 17th, 2010
8:58 pm

GT baby stop being a baby. Morris like a lot of kids wanted to stay close to home, which you can’t blame him for. Morris probably also looked at the fact that he will likely start at UNC being as they are lossing thier starting RB next year and he would likely redshirt at GT being behind Jackson and Bostic next season with depth behind them. I was never worried about Morris since we have depth and can worry about recruiting strong for a-backs and another b-back in 2012. You have to look at the whole picture and try to see it from a recruits point of view, and trust me I have been to Morris’s hometown twice and he was more than likely shellshocked when visiting Atlanta.

Daniel

August 17th, 2010
9:18 pm

Wilder is going to FSU not UGA.

Buzzzed

August 17th, 2010
9:22 pm

Tech already has a Morris. See Bostic.

ryan

August 17th, 2010
9:55 pm

James Wilder Jr. will be making his announcement in Athens not Tampa I think its possible that Murray and Charles reach out Wilder because both are from the Tampa area.

ATLDANMAN

August 17th, 2010
9:57 pm

Now this is a nice QB….one who does not get into bigtime trouble
prior to his SR season. Oops, whos that guy and his headcase daddy
going to cause problems for??????????????????????????????????

dogfish

August 17th, 2010
10:00 pm

Be humble dawg fans, I hope James Wilder commits to UGA, but he doesn’t officially commit until Wednesday. Keep your fingers crossed.
Techies, your program has taken massive steps forward over the last 2 years. Stay behind CPJ, he will have you in the hunt for the ACC title on a regular basis.
Good luck to Tech on all games but one!

The Smartest Yellow Jacket

August 17th, 2010
10:00 pm

Is Vad Lee The Smartest Yellow Jacket? http://www.smartestyellowjacket.com

heavy g

August 17th, 2010
10:02 pm

It’s gotta be tough to decide between a Hyundai, Kia, and Daewoo. Good luck, Vad.

ATLDANMAN

August 17th, 2010
10:02 pm

Wilder will change his mind before NSD. No way Jimbo and Urban let him leave the state.

GT GRAD

August 17th, 2010
10:11 pm

Good luck to Morris, but I would not be surprised if UNC decides to move him to WR after it is too late for him to change his mind (this is what coaches do – what is best for the team and all)……….does anyone else think that just maybe he looked at the depth GT has at the A-back position and realized he will not start for a few years??

I wish him well and I hope everything works out well for him except for when he plays against GT of course…………..multiple fumbles when he plays against GT would be greatly appreciated!! Superb games with outstanding stats on all other games he plays would be great!

TEE

August 17th, 2010
10:13 pm

Wilder to UGA! Coming to play with his High School buddies! 3 of our top players in the next few years will be from Plant High in Tampa. Richt takes what he wants in Florida. GO DAWGS!!

GT GRAD

August 17th, 2010
10:15 pm

Classy post by dogfish with very good advice to his fellow dawg fans.

Thanks for the positive comments regarding GT Football and PJ!

ryan

August 17th, 2010
10:15 pm

UGA just seems to well in Tampa CMR just has a hold on recruiting down there you haters can say all want but its true

St.Petedawg

August 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

Where is this confirmed that Wilder will commit to UGA?

ryan

August 17th, 2010
10:22 pm

Its on the FanHouse .com recruiting blog if you go there you see it i have read it .

ormewood

August 17th, 2010
10:25 pm

UNC has five senior RB’s. Why is everyone so confident that he will be moved to WR?

#2 Bama Fan

August 17th, 2010
10:33 pm

Ryan is right fanhouse.com is reporting that Wilder will sign with the dawgs and that would be
great news for Mark Richt and the coachning staff and players and fans all so!! RTR

Buzzzed

August 17th, 2010
10:37 pm

St. Pete, not confirmed, just rumor but there looks to be an unbiased article out there saying that he is moving his announcement “conference” to Athens. He ain’t going to Athens to announce that he’s playing at UF (but that would be entertaining).

ryan

August 17th, 2010
10:45 pm

I think reason is that just felt comfortable with UGA because of his friends Murray and Charles going to same High School CMR is going use him as running back not a full back or DB like FSU and Florida told him.

Buzzzed

August 17th, 2010
10:52 pm

Gents, I think this Lee fellow is coming to Tech. He would not have left Durham at 4am on Saturday to make the scrimmage at 9:30am (his 3rd visit to Tech) and then announce he was going somewhere else the following Thursday. Welcome to Tech Vad!

GTax

August 17th, 2010
11:15 pm

fanhouse.com has been wrong before. The Rivals scout for the state of Florida said his guy is still saying FSU despite what the fanhouse.com has said.

I don’t believe the report one bit. That recruit is much to highly publicized for there to be a leak. Even LeMay didn’t leak.

The Grinch

August 17th, 2010
11:17 pm

If he’s announcing on Thursday then it’s a lock he’ll sign with tech. What, with them playing all those Thursday night games and all. BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Paul in RDU

August 17th, 2010
11:28 pm

UNC is not going to be put on probation because of Marvin Austin, Greg Little and any involvement they might have in “Agentgate”. Butch cleaned up UM and he’s not cheating at UNC. Austin will not be playing against LSU and it would not surprise me if he missed the GT game an several more,. Butch may have a problem with his associate head coach though – just a little close to an agent. Bottom line with this area is that several UNC players may be suspended for part or all of 2010 due to the agent situation but there is minimal likelihood of NCAA sanctions against UNC (ala USC).

I’m sorry GT missed out on Morris, but there are other potential A backs out there.
I love the UGA fans making comments on the various blogs gloating about GT losing out on Morris. If he had committed to GT they would be on here saying all GT could get was small guys who were 3 stars.
I’d be pleasantly surprised if Vad Lee signs with GT. I expect him to go to NCSU, but that will depend on whether O’Brien is there in 2011.

Rodney Dangerfield

August 17th, 2010
11:44 pm

From what I have read in the past, Vad Lee has said that he wants to play in a pro style type offense and the only pro style offense in his top three is NC State. So don’t be surprised if this kid picks NC State. Tech has a bunch of QBs anyway so I don’t think it will hurt too much. Tech needs a stud B Back.