Talk about good timing!
On the same day that redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Luallen left Georgia Tech, one of the best signalcallers in North Carolina committed to the Yellow Jackets.
Vad Lee, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback at Hillside High School in Durham, N.C., revealed Thursday afternoon that he had chosen Tech over N.C. State and Wake Forest.
“I’m just really happy to get the process over with and I’m really happy about my decision to go to Georgia Tech,” speaking by phone just moments after revealing his decision in the Hillside High gym before about 100 people, including teammates, coaches, parents and friends. “What they do really fits me well and I feel like I can go down there and compete for the job.”
Lee’s commitment was followed a few hours later by a pledge from Mays DE/OLB Darius Caldwell. Caldwell’s recruitment from Tech was quick and intense. He received a written offer from the Jackets just this past Saturday when he attended their scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium, according to JacketsOnline.com. Check back later for a new post on Caldwell.
All-star quarterback Joshua Nesbitt graduates after this season. That means Lee will compete for playing time with sophomore Tevin Washington, redshirt freshman David Sims and freshman Synjyn Days for the starting job next season. The Jackets also have a commitment from quarterback Airyn Willis of High Point, N.C., but there’s a chance he could play wide receiver at Tech.
Lee said he got the word about Luallen leaving earlier Thursday.
“Oh, yeah, I got the memo,” he said. “People were texting and tweeting me. That definitely opens up another window.”
Lee indicated his visit to The Flats last Saturday was the clincher for him.
“This past weekend’s visit was really big to me,” Lee said. “Coach [Paul] Johnson, he’s a great guy and he plays to his strengths. This was the first time I got to sit down and get a really good look at their offense. I really enjoyed seeing that firsthand and that gave me a good idea how I would fit it in.”
As a junior last season, Lee rushed for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns while also completing 70 percent of his passes for 2,013 yards and 10 TDs. But he is a versatile athlete. He played wideout as a sophomore and had 1,124 yards receiving and 9 TDs.
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