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.