Ten@10 update: Tech QB commit Vad Lee confirms he may visit other schools

THE TEN AT 10:

QB Vad Lee has led his Durham-Hillside team into the North Carolina Class 4A state championship game. (Photo reprinted with permission By Mark Dolejs/NewsObserver.com)

QB Vad Lee has led his Durham-Hillside team into the North Carolina Class 4A state championship game. (Photo reprinted with permission By Mark Dolejs/NewsObserver.com)

1. Georgia Tech commitment Vad Lee does not deny recent reports by InsideCarolina.com that he plans to take some other visits after the season. But he downplays the significance therein.

“I may take a couple of visits,” Lee confirmed to the AJC in a text message Thursday morning. “That’s not really my main focus at the moment, though, as I prepare for the state championship. I’m a GT commit and plan on competing in Atlanta next fall!”

Visiting other schools might not sit well with the Yellow Jackets, however. In the past it has been the policy of Tech coach Paul Johnson to rescind commitments’ scholarship offers if they take other visits.

Lee told InsideCarolina he is considering taking official visits to UNC and N.C. State.

“I think I’ll probably visit other schools just to weigh my options and to compare to make sure I’m making the right choice in Georgia Tech,” Lee told the website, which covers North Carolina for the Scout.com network.

North Carolina currently has one quarterback commitment — Marquise Williams (6-3, 218) of Charlotte. A second commitment, Everett Golson (5-11, 170)  of Myrtle Beach, S.C., de-committed last week.

“They let up for a while, but they’ve been keeping in contact with me,” Lee said of the Tar Heels. “I haven’t done too much thinking about [UNC] since I’m in my football season right now. But it’s an intriguing situation.”

Meanwhile, the Jackets’ prized quarterback recruit will lead his Durham-Hillside High team into the North Carolina 4A championship the Saturday. Lee (6-2, 200) has had a phenomenal senior season, completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,969 yards and 23 touchdowns while also rushing for more than 1,000 yards and several more scores while leading the Hornets to a 15-0 record. He was recently named the PAC-6 Back of the Year.

Right now Lee’s only official visit is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 7 at Georgia Tech. Lee has been committed to the Jackets since August.

2. The big winner in the Urban Meyer resignation decision at Florida is clearly Florida State. The Seminoles, who beat the Gators head-to-head in the regular-season finale last month, also beat Miami this season to win the mythical state championship for the first time since 1999. And with the Hurricanes also in the midst of a head coaching search, FSU finds itself in a position to cherry pick from among Florida’s best prospects.

The problem for FSU first-year coach Jimbo Fisher is the Seminoles are already sitting on 19 commitments. Because they are already a young team that’s not expected to graduate many players, the ‘Noles were were expected to sign well under the NCAA maximum of 25 recruits this season. So how much FSU can take advantage of its fortuitous situation remains to be seen.

3. One Florida player that one would think has to be on the Seminoles’ radar is Tampa, Fla., defensive end Anthony Chickillo. Chickillo, a four-star prospect, was committed to the Hurricanes before Randy Shannon got fired. He was planning to take an official visit to Florida this weekend, then Meyer resigned. So now he says he’s not going there. In a story this morning at TampaBay.com, Georgia and Georgia Tech are listed as possible destinations for Chickillo, along with Auburn, FSU and Notre Dame.

4. Carver-Columbus defensive lineman Gabe Wright now intends to give Georgia an official visit, according to a report in 247Sports.com. The story claims the 6-foot-3, 275-pound has “re-opened things” in his recruitment and will take an official visit to UGA next Wednesday.

“Things are pretty interesting,” Wright told the website. “I was so close to closing the deal and being done with it. It’s still a pretty good percentage of me choosing Auburn, but definitely have some schools opening up my eyes.”

Georgia is, of course, hot and heavy after Wrights AJC Super 11 teammate, RB Isaiah Crowell. Crowell plans to take his official visit to Georgia on Jan. 21. He also has officials scheduled at Alabama on Jan. 14 and Clemson on Jan. 28, according to Scout.com.

5. Add the name Demarcus James to the list of Georgia State offers for its class of 2011. The 5-foot-10, 217-pound running back recently de-committed to Washington State and is considering offers from the Panthers, UAB, Troy and South Alabama, according to Ben Moore of PantherTalk.com. James rushed for 1,828 yards this year after piling up 2,523 yards and 19 TDs as a junior.

6. As of Thursday morning, neither Ray Drew nor Damian Swann have heard from Florida coaches in the wake of Meyer’s resignation. The two AJC  Super 11 selections were targets of the Gators and seriously considering Florida at one time. AJC Super 11 tight end Jay Rome of Valdosta also was considering the Gators but said he dropped them well before Meyer resigned on Wednesday.

7. I already told you that Hillgrove four-star linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days will be taking his official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend. But he won’t be the only one. Joining the Yellow Jackets’ highest-rated commit are OG Marcus Jackson of Vero Beach, Fla.; CB Blake Countess of Owings Mill, Md.; and DT Darian Cooper of Hyattsville, Md.; according to JacketsOnline.com publisher Kelly Quinlan. All three are four-star prospects.

Quinlan also writes that Tech is still trying to get an official visit from 5-star linebacker Curtis Grant of Richmond, Va., who is apparently a cousin of 2011 commitment Darren Waller.

8. Here’s an update in the Asheville Citizen-Times on four-star defensive end prospect Jeoffrey Pagan, who is making an official visit to Georgia this weekend. Pagan is a former Florida commitment.

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10. THIS & THAT: Defensive lineman Cornelius Carradine is was on an official visit to UGA as of Thursday morning, according to 247Sports.com. . . . . Georgia coaches visited WR JaJuan Story of Brooksville, Fla., Wednesday morning, according to 247Sports. That was several hours before news broke that Meyer was resigning at Florida. Story is currently committed to the Gators.

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b

December 9th, 2010
10:01 am

Football

December 9th, 2010
10:02 am

GT Sambo

December 9th, 2010
10:03 am

Not worried about Vad Lee. Brian Bohannon was just up there visiting him. Don’t know exactly when that interview was done, but Vad Lee is all Jacket right now!

ATLANTA

December 9th, 2010
10:07 am

Gabe Wright – will be a UGA dowg

Sandman053

December 9th, 2010
10:09 am

Vad Lee might have decided he wanted to pass in college games other than when trailing in the the 4th qtr.

PHIL

December 9th, 2010
10:12 am

Auburn won’t even have a football team for Gabe Wright to play on in three years.

Sandman053

December 9th, 2010
10:12 am

Chip any word on the in-home visit with the JUCO NT? Jenkins?

RambleOn84

December 9th, 2010
10:15 am

Well that certainly sucks, but I hope Johnson intends to treat Vad Lee the same as any other recruit.

The ironic part will be that as soon as he signs with a bigger name school he will become a 4-star player.

Huntsville Dog

December 9th, 2010
10:15 am

Where are the other 5?

RambleOn84

December 9th, 2010
10:16 am

No word on Blake Countess, Chip?

sogadog

December 9th, 2010
10:16 am

Vad Lee would be wise to go to UNC. He is obviously a gifted passer; however, at Ga. Tech, he will just be a glorified running back. His passing talent and NFL potential will be wasted at Tech.

RambleOn84

December 9th, 2010
10:19 am

Thanks for the advice, sogadog…I’m sure Vad will take that to heart when he browses this column later this morning.

Bill Smith

December 9th, 2010
10:19 am

Vad hold out for the money like sCam Newton

GT12

December 9th, 2010
10:19 am

Yes, because UNC has an absolutely glorious future looming over them for the next 4 years.

Sanford Drive

December 9th, 2010
10:21 am

UH OH NERDS!!!!!!

I have heard you dorks say more than a few times, that “Paul Johnson has a policy that when you are committed, you are committed!!”…….

So all of a sudden when your hope and future of a quarterback decides he just may want to pass in a college game wants to shop around….. are you going to be ok with it???

HYPOCRITES!!!!

(((((42-34))))) 9-1….. SO SO SO glad it hurts you more than you will EVER admit!!!

To Hell with Georgia Tech!!!!

RambleOn84

December 9th, 2010
10:21 am

Countess is one of Tech’s biggest recruits right now and supposed to be visiting tomorrow, yet no word…is something up?

GT Sambo

December 9th, 2010
10:21 am

The article (this one and the one on InsideCarolina.com) doesn’t even make sense about Vad Lee. He lives less than 20 minutes from both UNC and NC State. He could take an unofficial visit anytime he wants. Right now he has only one official visit planned, Georgia Tech. I expect it to stay that way. Now, whether he is convinced to take an unofficial visit to one of those places remains to be seen. I know that Chip is just reporting the news, but I wish he could have followed up on this Vad Lee story a little bit (like contacting Vad or contacting Brian Bohannon, who was just up there).

robodawg

December 9th, 2010
10:22 am

Alright, Gabe Wright, come to Athens! We’ve got room for you. And Chickillo too.

Any word on the Dawgs closing in on some ILBs?

RambleOn84

December 9th, 2010
10:23 am

Sanford Drive,
Are you entirely sure you know what “hypocrite” means? Thank you for continuing to obsess over our program.

Sanford Drive

December 9th, 2010
10:23 am

GT12….

and I am sure Georgia Tech’s future looks so much brighter than UNC…. Just thikn about all the Moral Victories coming to North Ave, where you can outsmart the opponents into beating you by 8 instead of 1.

roughrider

December 9th, 2010
10:24 am

Lee might want to play for a team that throws the ball every now and then.

GT12

December 9th, 2010
10:24 am

We don’t even have to go over how the jackets look for the future. Any recuit that’s going to commit to UNC right now is verifiably retarded considering the kind of probation and penalties they’re going to get for the next few years. Have you been reading the news at all?

layinlow

December 9th, 2010
10:25 am

Well Tech fans you groaned about Chip not giving you any recruiting news on GT so here ya go.

GT12

December 9th, 2010
10:25 am

Sanford Drive is still miffed that Richt and Co. couldn’t do basic math to decisively end the game. awwwwwwwwwwww!

RambleOn84

December 9th, 2010
10:26 am

Does someone also need to explain probabilities (why a 1 in 100 chance to win is preferable to a 0% chance) to Sanford Drive while we read him the definition of “hypocrite?”

GT Sambo

December 9th, 2010
10:26 am

Poor Sanford Drive, overcompensating for something. Maybe its your crappy job (if you are even out of school) or the fact that your boss is a GT grad who makes three times as much as you. Maybe its the $80,000 in debt that you graduated with and now realize that you’ll be paying it off for the next 20 years. UGA football is probably all you have in your meager little life. And now UGA has posted two years of mediocrity. And you just don’t know how to handle it do you????
Wait, did you even go to UGA?!?!?

Sandman053

December 9th, 2010
10:27 am

math?? I thought 9 out of 10 was a pretty good percentage.

GT12

December 9th, 2010
10:27 am

RambleOn84

Why? He won’t understand.

Sanford Drive

December 9th, 2010
10:27 am

Dear Vad Lee….

Read this. The history of the “FORWARD PASS” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward_pass

In 1906 the FORWARD PASS was legalized in the sport of Football. Paul “Manboobs” Johnson has yet to realize this. Since you have ZERO interest in Engineering (we all know it’s true) and TONS of interest in a football career,you may want to attend a school that has a post 1906 playbook.

(((((42-34)))))

Sandman053

December 9th, 2010
10:28 am

lol @ Sanford… you left out (((9 out of 10)) and also 73-72..Booyah!

Sanford Drive

December 9th, 2010
10:28 am

NEVER inmy life have I heard a fanbase making fun of their rival for scoring a touchdown and winning.

Congrats Tech…. you really have reached a whole new level of Dork.

GT12

December 9th, 2010
10:29 am

(((((18 arrests!))))))

(((((Fulmer Cup Champs 2010)))))))

(((((Preseason Fuler Cup Champs 2011!))))))

GTBob

December 9th, 2010
10:29 am

If that is what Vad wants then more power to him. CPJ should rescind his scholarship offer if he does start looking around. He shouldn’t be treated any differently then any other recruit.

wesleywhatwhat

December 9th, 2010
10:29 am

sanford drive is so cute with his “to hell with georgia tech”.

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

though his georgia tech fixation is a little creepy. wonder what his family thinks of it?

RambleOn84

December 9th, 2010
10:29 am

And yet again UGA people prove that ALL they care about is beating Tech. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll quit arguing about this and focus on the article.

Chip, again I’ll ask: Blake Countess is supposed to be visiting tomorrow, yet all week you have reported nothing. Is something up? This is a big deal for us Tech fans, so any info you might have would be helpful. Thank you.

Sandman053

December 9th, 2010
10:30 am

Sanford back to important stuff…have you heard from Lowndes? I am really curious as to how the meeting with John Jenkins went. They were supposed to have an in-home visit last night to try to get momma to change her mind.

GT Sambo

December 9th, 2010
10:33 am

RambleOn84,
I was thinking the same thing about Sanford Drive’s hypocritical comment. Don’t you actually have to do something hypocritical to be considered a hypocrite? Sanford Drive is wishing and hoping, which is something that UGA fans have become very good at.

As far as Blake Countess goes, I have no reason to think he isn’t coming. In fact, Scout.com has an article up today on a QB/S prospect from Countess HS that is coming down for a visit at the same.

BlackDawg

December 9th, 2010
10:33 am

GABE….don’t spend your 4 years in college on probation! Come to UGA and be the next great DE in our 3-4 scheme.

Seriously

December 9th, 2010
10:35 am

Sanford Drive, how old are you? Acting like a 10 year old son. More to life than football. Glad you love football and UGA but come on. Grow up

RambleOn84

December 9th, 2010
10:36 am

Sambo,
DT Darian Cooper also supposed to be visiting tomorrow. Could be a huge day for the future of our defense.

jarvis

December 9th, 2010
10:37 am

Wow! Rodney Pete’s head is HUGE.

GT12

December 9th, 2010
10:37 am

((((Top ten classes every year!)))))

(((((What in the world happens to them?))))))

(((((That’s right! They go to jail!!!))))

((((Fulmer Cup 2010!)))))

Ray

December 9th, 2010
10:38 am

So it seems the biggest winners in both the Miami firing of Shannon and Urban Meyer step down is FSU and Georgia.

We already had to battle Florida for some recruits, but now that Urban is gone their staying in state most likely. Something tells me at the Senior Gala we’ll have a slew of commits announce there. Maybe even Crowell too.

Biggest losers in this recruiting year seems to be Auburn and Alabama. It seems with the way things went for Auburn(don’t think their guilty) they lost a ton of respect from certain recruits it seems.
As for Bama some of things we’re hearing about Nick Saban may have turned Georgia recruits off of him.

GT Sambo

December 9th, 2010
10:38 am

I am sure its probably illegal for me to post this, but this is exerpt from a story dated today on Scout.com.

The experts have said that Zach Dancel is the best high school quarterback in Maryland. Strangely, after also taking on defensive responsibilities, toward the end of the season, he’s captured the attention of a number of high profile programs. The 6-0, 192 pound senior from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Maryland will be in Atlanta this weekend for an official visit at Georgia Tech.

The trip to Atlanta for Zachary Dancel will be his first. He’ll have some company with him when he makes his visit. “I’ll be coming with my parents and teammate Blake Countess who is also being recruited by Georgia Tech.”

Sanford Drive

December 9th, 2010
10:38 am

(((((30-24)))))
(((((73-66)))))
(((((42-34)))))
(((((SHREVEPORT)))))
(((((73-72)))))

How has the “True Student Athlete” worked for you Nerds against the “Dumb Jocks” the last 2 years???

They are leaving GT in droves

December 9th, 2010
10:39 am

The NC kid Lee, is thinking about bolting on his GT commitment. That figures with CPJ in the hot and heavy rumor mill about Mississippi State and all. With Mullins being THE candidate to replace his bud Urban Crier and CPJ heading over to the SEC, Lee is re thinking and you cannot blame him at all.

They are jumping ship at The Flats ……………..all but Paul Hewitt, that is.

GT is a very unstable football program now.

Ray

December 9th, 2010
10:39 am

@ GT12

Is that all people of Georgia Tech ever say is that our players go to jail you act like they’ve committed murder or something plz man move on with something new.

? Mysterion ?

December 9th, 2010
10:40 am

“Dontae, don’t get on that plane.”

Sportsrealist

December 9th, 2010
10:40 am

I don’t this CPJ has the right to be that picky. He has always seemed arrogant to me, but the fact that he recinds scholarship if they visit other schools confirms that in my mind. If I were Vad, I would want to look around too, Looks like he’ll be the # 2 for the next 3 years behind Washington.

True Tech

December 9th, 2010
10:41 am

Can’t we all just get a long :)