QB Vad Lee picks Georgia Tech over N.C. State, Wake Forest

Georgia Tech came on late on strong for Vad Lee. The three-star prospect committed to Georgia Tech over N.C. State and Wake Forest on Wednesday. (Don Callahan/InsideCarolina.com)

Georgia Tech came on late and strong for Vad Lee. The three-star prospect committed to Georgia Tech over N.C. State and Wake Forest on Wednesday. (Don Callahan/InsideCarolina.com)

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.

GEORGIA TECH 2011 COMMITMENTS

  1. OL Trey Braun, (6-5, 275), Tallahassee, Fla.
  2. OL Bryan Chamberlain (6-4, 280), Albany-Monroe HS
  3. LB Chaz Cheeks (6-3, 220), East Hall HS
  4. WR Jeff Greene (6-6, 200), Starr’s Mill HS
  5. OL Kyle Harris (6-3, 260), Pepperell HS
  6. LB Jabari Hunt-Days, (6-3, 226), Hillgrove HS
  7. QB Vad Lee (6-2, 200), Durham, N.C.
  8. OL Shaquille Mason (6-2, 305), Columbia, Tenn.
  9. S Darren Waller (6-5, 204), North Cobb HS
  10. ATH Airyn Willis (6-2, 180), High Point, N.C.
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124 comments Add your comment

Les W. Moore

August 19th, 2010
3:58 pm

BigTimeTECHFan

August 19th, 2010
4:00 pm

Is he better then Willis?

rduck

August 19th, 2010
4:01 pm

hope we land him at GT. we need a good committment to get some momentum going. this kid sounds like a great fit at Tech. good luck to him with wherever he chooses..

Burdell

August 19th, 2010
4:01 pm

What? No 30 minute, “It’s all about me” primetime special?

Yeah, he’s staying home to play for TOB and the Pack…they need recruits worse than we do.

GO JACKETS

Burdell

August 19th, 2010
4:02 pm

We have Airyn Willis listed as an athlete right now BTTF.

dON

August 19th, 2010
4:02 pm

Wolfpack it is…

BigTimeTECHFan

August 19th, 2010
4:05 pm

oh man, I was hoping he would come to Tech.

THWG

August 19th, 2010
4:08 pm

rivals is reporting he committed to tech
GO JACKETS!!!

jbisepic

August 19th, 2010
4:08 pm

DON– how do you know?

Burdell

August 19th, 2010
4:09 pm

Yep….rivals has him a Jacket…sweet.

Gtax

August 19th, 2010
4:09 pm

WELCOME VAD!!!!!! What an insane pickup! This kid will rewrite all Nesbitt’s records before he’s done. You made the right choice son.

((((( 45 – 42 )))))))

Glory, glory to the Jackets, their truth is marching on!!!

Don doesn't know

August 19th, 2010
4:10 pm

He committed to tech.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 19th, 2010
4:10 pm

wait – which is it, Tech or Wolf Pac, I’m being told both.
come on people

GTFAN

August 19th, 2010
4:11 pm

He is much better than the 3 star rating. Not too mention he is in the ESPN 150 as an athlete.

Big Al

August 19th, 2010
4:11 pm

Yes. He will be GREAT at TECH.

Buzzzed

August 19th, 2010
4:12 pm

jbisepic

August 19th, 2010
4:13 pm

I saw him play in person last year. He is big and fast for a QB. He should push Days for the starting position next year. Tevin is just too marginal to be a starting player.

82Dawg

August 19th, 2010
4:14 pm

Good pickup for Tech if the reports are correct…Gtax why are you posting a score that is almost 2 years old? Come on you can do better than that can’t you?

Burdell

August 19th, 2010
4:14 pm

rduck

August 19th, 2010
4:15 pm

scout has him with the Jackets.. Congrats Vad and welcome to the flats. We look forward to seeing you on Saturdays!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 19th, 2010
4:16 pm

ANY pick up for Tech is a good pick up these days.

Buzzzed

August 19th, 2010
4:16 pm

Days should play the #2 this year. No red shirt. Red shirt Lee next year. Lee can play the #2 for 2 years before taking over from Days. May also want to rotate both in as primary QBs. Always have a fresh QB.

wesleywhatwhat

August 19th, 2010
4:17 pm

sweet. welcome to georgia tech.

and watch out for this guy when visiting athens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4PFm5-weg0

JM

August 19th, 2010
4:18 pm

Congrats Vad Lee. Great to hear this news.

amg

August 19th, 2010
4:19 pm

Quan is the only QB who is considering Tech who is better than Lee according to ESPN. Great to have Lee on board, he and Willis will battle it out, one will end up throwing passes the other cathing them.

jbisepic

August 19th, 2010
4:20 pm

I won’t feel bad if Days is a backup as he was also recruited as a Safety and can play that position as well. If Vad Lee is a better passer and can beat him out I think we could have quite a team for another 4 years.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 19th, 2010
4:20 pm

Lee threw for more than 2,000 yards as a junior and rushed for more than 600. 4.4 speed. nice

2 rated QB from state of NC behind Marquise Williams who signed with UNC.

wesleywhatwhat

August 19th, 2010
4:20 pm

burdell – that’s an impressive looking list of recruits for georgia tech. no one shorter than 6′2″…

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/commitments/2011/georgiatech-4

amg

August 19th, 2010
4:20 pm

Catching them I did the whole typo thing

BigTimeTECHFan

August 19th, 2010
4:22 pm

I just gave him a 5 star rating

Sign with Tech you get 5 stars
Don’t signed you get unranked.
Tech now has 10 5 star recruits

David

August 19th, 2010
4:22 pm

Lee is an ESPNU 150 recruit.

GeoffDawg

August 19th, 2010
4:24 pm

Not day 1. More like day 366. Good pick up for tech though.

Burdell

August 19th, 2010
4:24 pm

Yep…we are doing just fine in recruiting if you ask me. And I’m sure there will be some mid/late season surprises as well.

GO JACKETS!!

George Stein

August 19th, 2010
4:25 pm

82Dawg – Yes I would hope he can do better than that. It’s embarassing for Tech fans.

Hopefully we can get Stephon Tuitt and may be Quan Bray.

GT Sambo

August 19th, 2010
4:25 pm

I know somebody else mentioned Quan Bray, and I just wanted to point out that while he played QB as a junior, he actually transfered to a different high school as a senior where he will not be playing QB. I don’t for a fact, but my guess is GT is recruiting him as an A-back, and it sounds like most other schools are recruiting him at RB as well.

sec chumps

August 19th, 2010
4:26 pm

OH HELL YES, a w e s o m e JACKETNATION BABY

hello

August 19th, 2010
4:26 pm

Good looking class so far. All three stars except for Shaq…who is still not rated. Nice to see Hunt Days get the bum to 4 star status…Vad Lee is in the ESPN U 150 as a 4 star recruit…so some recruiting analyst think very highly of him. Maybe scout and rivals will bump him up after a good senior season. However, I trust that PJ is picking good ball players no matter what the analysts say.

T3

August 19th, 2010
4:27 pm

Lee is a very nice fit for the GT offense.

Plays QB now runnng a simialr spread-option offense.
More like Florida’s offense, but similar to GT.

At NCSt or Wake, he would be starting over at QB
to learn a brand new offense style at those 2 schools.

And, no surprise, Tom O’Brien wont be the NCSt HC for much longer.

Vegas Jackette

August 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

The day is coming when recruits will all say “I want to win” that is why I am going to Ga Tech…I am so not kidding, way to go CPJ

gt45

August 19th, 2010
4:29 pm

A running and throwing QB-a gaggers worst nightmare!

Shathead

August 19th, 2010
4:30 pm

Congrats for beating out NC State and Wake Forest. Oh yea- 30-24

Cuttysark

August 19th, 2010
4:31 pm

Great pick up for the Yellow Jackets! Congratulations and welcome to the Flats. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Kay

August 19th, 2010
4:32 pm

When did Luallen leave and where is he going?
And why?

wesleywhatwhat

August 19th, 2010
4:32 pm

it’s good to be a yellow jacket.

Bull

August 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

Yawn……now back to Georgia football

BigTimeTECHFan

August 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

hello – I agree, the players Tech signed look pretty good.

Also, last year class was nice, Isaiah Johnson, Ayers, Tony Zenon, Louis Young, and Days all looked good in scrimmage Saturday.

CPJ is doing a very nice job recruiting.

FBR

August 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

Welcome to the big leagues Vlad (get it?). We average 43000 at our home games just like Wake AND my high school.

Yellow Baguette

August 19th, 2010
4:34 pm

I bet FSU is running scared now. You won a qb over nc state and wake. They won running back in the country over UF and UGA. Good news.

more info

August 19th, 2010
4:35 pm

I saw that Vad had offers from several colleges besides the 2 others listed above. UNC, AU, USC all offered him too. But he decided against them earlier. I guess because they didn’t need him at QB. Probably wanted him as a WR.

GT Sambo

August 19th, 2010
4:35 pm

Bull,
You mean how the recruit didn’t pick UGA yesterday. You’re right, that was a good story.