Tech QB pledge Vad Lee leads team to North Carolina state title

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QB Vad Lee kissed the North Carolina 4-A state championship trophy after leading Durham-Hillside to the title this past Saturday. (Photo by HighSchoolOT.com)

Vad Lee does, in fact, hope to take some recruiting visits now that his spectacular senior season if over. But that does not mean he intends to sign somewhere other than Georgia Tech.

On the contrary.

“I mean, I still haven’t thought about recruiting that much,” said Lee, reached by telephone in Spartanburg, S.C., on Monday. “I just played in the state championship game and now I’m in South Carolina practicing for the [North Carolina-South Carolina] Shrine Bowl. All I know is I’ll be signing with Georgia Tech on Feb. 2 [National Signing Day].”

Lee’s admission last week that he was considering taking official visits to North Carolina and North Carolina State caused a furor among the Georgia Tech faithful. In years past, coach Paul Johnson has rescinded the scholarship offers of committed prospects because they visited other schools after making their pledge to the Jackets.

Lee said he was unaware of any such policy at Tech and had not spoken to any of its coaches about it.

“Official visits are something that’s a privilege and something to have fun with,” Lee said. “It’s not often you get a chance to visit colleges for free. It’s something you earn. That’s my take on it. I have some teammates that will be making some trips and I was thinking it might be nice to go with them.”

Lee may re-think that now. He said he would not do anything to jeopardize his future at Georgia Tech.

“I’ll let Coach Johnson or somebody on the staff know what I’m doing,” he said. “I talk to them all the time. There’s really nothing to it. It’s no big deal.”

What Lee was able to do for Hillside High this season WAS a big deal. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback proved an unstoppable force in the Hornets’ run to the North Carolina 4-A state championship. He capped an incredibly productive senior season in a with 267 yards passing and three touchdowns and 32 yards rushing in a 40-0 win over Davie County on Saturday.

“I said all along we’d go 16-0 and win the championship and that’s what we did,” said Lee, who finished with 3,236 yards passing and 26 touchdowns while also rushing for more than 1,000 yards. “Just knowing how hard we worked all summer and the seniors we had coming back, I didn’t think there was any way we could lose.”

They never did. And now Tech looks like a big winner, too.

College Recruiting By Chip Towers

76 comments Add your comment

Jacket Backer

December 13th, 2010
3:35 pm

Looks like the real deal…..Can’t wait to see him on the flats….

Go Jackets!!

BigTimeTECHFan

December 13th, 2010
3:39 pm

“All I know is I’ll be signing with Georgia Tech on Feb. 2″

Sweet, sounds like Tech is getting the best QB out of North Carolina this year.

Stinger2

December 13th, 2010
3:42 pm

With the passing stats he has, it will be a miracle if he do come to GT. Indicates he must not want to play football beyond college level. He will never get a chance to develop his passing skills at GT under CPJ and takes a huge risk of a major injury by having to take so many hits in the TO offense.

FJ10

December 13th, 2010
3:46 pm

I’m all for a kid taking freebies and being a kid but tell Vlad GT plans on making some “official” visits to North Carolina and NC State in the near future and they would love to foot his bill on those.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

“There’s this fallacy out there that everybody is going to take five visits and decide on signing day. We know that’s not going to happen. That’s all it is. Commitment to me means if they tell me they are coming, then I expect that they are coming. If they tell you you’re coming, then why are they taking more visits?” – Coach Paul Johnson

Fire Paul Johnson

December 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

“I view anybody that’s still visiting [other] schools as not committed. That’s just me. That’s just the way I do it. Well, people say ‘That’s a double standard because you let other kids visit [Tech] who are committed [to other schools]. That’s not my problem. Maybe it’s a soft commitment. There may be a [college] coach somewhere else saying ‘Give me a soft commitment and go ahead take your visits.’” – Coach Paul Johnson

jackets!

December 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

Good news. Im glad he still plans on being a Yellow Jacket! Why not use your visits…you only get recruited once. Stinger2….you really need to stop listening to UGA fans. Look how great their pro style offense has done these past two years. Its all about having the right players…and Vad Lee could be a great QB in this system…a QB who passes for 2000 and rushes for 1000 in a season is a great QB no matter what anyone says.

GT Sambo

December 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

I appreciate you chasing down this story Chip. I think he has an opportunity to get some playing time next season, although its doubtful he’d get a chance to start. If he could’ve enrolled early and made it in for spring ball, I think he’d be the starter in 2011.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 13th, 2010
3:49 pm

“when you decide and commit, then you’re giving people your word that you’re coming. It’s not a game. It’s not ‘Ok, I’ll take this one unless I can find something better. Or let me lock this down there so I can shop around for some other spots.’ If you’re doing that, you’re not committing.”” – Coach Paul Johnson

Cdub

December 13th, 2010
3:49 pm

Great to hear he is still all Jacket. Chip, any news on Blake Countess? Did he make it to town this weekend? Also I know Cooper was in town, Who else?

The Bees Nees

December 13th, 2010
3:50 pm

Looking forward to having you on the flats. Now maybe we can run the offense in way we have never seen.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 13th, 2010
3:50 pm

So which is it PJ? Are you sticking to your “principle”? Or are you a straight out hypocrite?

Judging from the statements of Lee, we’re going to find out soon enough.

re another NC QB

December 13th, 2010
3:50 pm

Last year, Lemay led undefeated Butler then he decided to home school. So what does Butler do, play a soph and goes undefeated again. Makes you wonder about the importance of Qb…

Pat

December 13th, 2010
3:51 pm

Congrats Vad. Looking forward to seeing you win at GT

The Bees Nees

December 13th, 2010
3:53 pm

Chip have you been hearing any new names on Tech’s radar recently?

Fire Paul Johnson

December 13th, 2010
3:54 pm

““We tell kids all the time in our office ‘Look around and make sure this is what you want to do,’” Johnson said. “I am not trying to keep kids from looking around. I think they need to look around. But when you decide and commit, then you’re giving people your word that you’re coming.” – Coach Paul Johnson

voice of reason

December 13th, 2010
3:56 pm

Take the visits and lets see what Johnson does about it. If PJ okays it or looks the other way then fine but I don’t want to hear anymore garbage about his principals. The truth is recruiting is a dirty game and if PJ is too do well then he will be just like all the other caoches in America. Which is the typical double standard of the star athletes getting away with more than the average joe. PJ’s about to be put to the test.

Justin

December 13th, 2010
3:57 pm

No it makes you wonder about their comp and if the kid is any good.

GT Sambo

December 13th, 2010
3:58 pm

I think CPJ is slowly amassing the personnel to run an offense that looks like a hybrid of our current TO and what Oregon runs. He has publicly stated that he admires Oregon’s offense. He has publicly stated that he prefers seeing an offense run with a sense of urgency (both out of the huddle and at the line of scrimmagle). Finally, we know that they have experimented with some typed of shotgun formations (although I think anything like this will probably be a pistol type formation given CPJ’s aversion for the ball to be too far away from the line of scrimmage).

Paul in RDU

December 13th, 2010
4:00 pm

Although the QB at Matthews Butler HS is a SO, he already has a couple of scholarship offers, including one from LSU.

ManUp...

December 13th, 2010
4:03 pm

FPJ, Coach Paul Johnson has earned very little negative sentiment from Georgia Tech fans. You are acting like a fanatic after one down year. You can hate on until we see his recruits as veteran seniors in his system, but if we get there (maybe next year or the year after) and they’re playing for another ACC Title will you shut up? I’d say if we grab 9 wins next season and beat one or two of the three current rivals (GU, Clemson, VT) that’s a good start.

This kid could be great at Tech. Especially as we work out the kinks on O-line (size and speed mostly…look at the size of the 2011 class on OL…bigger kids.)

We need this quarterback very VADlee. Haha…No? Well I tried.

bitter "rouge agent"

December 13th, 2010
4:04 pm

i just under the table signed vad to a 3 year deal worth 550,000, sorrry tech fans north carolina learning real quick how to play by new NCAA rules. there is no check to cash, gold now becomes the un-tarcible victory margin. i love the new rules, hahaha. call me at 705-555-1212, hahahaha, ps. new world order

DRC

December 13th, 2010
4:12 pm

Fire Paul Johnson—Talk about beating a dead dog to death. Give it a rest please.

Ramblin Wreck

December 13th, 2010
4:24 pm

Stinger2-

You’ve got to stop listening to the network commentators for you football knowledge. Tech runs an option-based spread offense that uses the triple option as one of its plays. With the right quarterback, Johnson likes to put some run and shoot in there as well. This offense can put of some sweet passing stats. (You doubt me? Check Hawaii when CPJ was OC out there. Pretty good passing numbers, albeit nothing compared to June Jones’ pure run-and-shoot).

As for the QB getting hurt – prove it. How many games did Nesbitt miss due to option-based injuries? His broken arm this year was after he threw an interception. The idea that option quarterbacks are injured more is a joke (and a great chance for some aspiring sports statistician to do a study). More injuries happen to passers when they are sacked than option quarterbacks when they run.

Score Check

December 13th, 2010
4:45 pm

If Vad Lee visits other Schools then CPJ has no choice but to withdraw his offer. Otherwise he will come across as an inconsistent fool.

techman78

December 13th, 2010
4:53 pm

Fire Paul Johnson, give it a break. You really think Johnson is a bad coach? So do you think Chan Gailey was a good coach? Gailey was a joke, people always said Gailey was an offensive mastermind, yet in all the seasons he was at Tech he never had an offense rank in the top 50 in the nation in yards per game or points per game. If it hadnt been for Calvin Johnson for 3 of those seasons it would have been lots worse, not to mention our defense then with Tenuta blitzing every play. If CPJ is so freaking bad why is it that he won more games in his first 2 seasons at Tech than ANY other coach in Tech HISTORY? Dont even answer it is because he was playing with Gaileys recruits. Besides Gaileys one class that got him Dwyer, Morgan, Burnett, Nesbitt etc., Gailey never did any more recruiting than CPJ. Just look back at his classes, the proof is there. Johnson won 9 games his first season, Gailey did that 1 time in 6 seasons. Last season Johnson won 11 games, the most for Tech since Bobby Ross in 1990. We lost our leading rusher from last season, leading reciever, best defensive player, and 2 starting offensive linemen. Any team that loses that much production and leadership is going to struggle. Look at Texas for goodness sakes, Mack Brown had them playing for the BCS Championship last season and failed to make a bowl game this season, you think they should fire him? Just because we had a dissapointing season doesnt mean we should get rid of the best coach we have seen in a very long time. I believe that Tevin Washington will do a fine job next season, but im very excited to see Lee play. Sounds like he could be a real stud in our system. As for the fair weather fans, get a freakin life, your starting to sound like Georgia fans. Go Jackets!!

collegeballfan

December 13th, 2010
4:53 pm

What is he, a 2A on Scout’s rating system?

Glenn

December 13th, 2010
5:14 pm

Just a couple of comments on Vad. First, he has been in open communication with Paul Johnson about his recruiting intentions, and has told him that he plans to go with friends on THEIR official visits so he can have some fun. Vad has actively recruited other kids to the program so there is nothing going on behind Paul Johnson’s back that indicates Vad is wavering on his commitment.

The second comment is that another recruit from North Carolina, Airyn Willis, was also originally recruited as QB, but has now indicated that he will move to Wide Receiver; which obviously means Vad is THE QB of this year”s class, and he’s taken on that leadership role with a passion.

No one should doubt Vad and Paul Johnson are on the same page. He called him “Little Cam” at one of his games, and Vad LOVED it!

wesleywhatwhat

December 13th, 2010
5:15 pm

poor writing:

“Lee’s admission last week that he was considering taking official visits to North Carolina and North Carolina State caused a furor among the Georgia Tech faithful.”

wouldn’t it be more accurate to say it caused a furor among uga fans and uga fans pretending to be georgia tech fans?

reggie's reason for the streak

December 13th, 2010
5:18 pm

collegeballfan…..Enough with the rating system! It’s only based on who’s recruiting him. He is not really being persued nationally, so he’s rating is not that high. Furthermore, those highly touted recruits UGA gets every year….how’s that working out for them. I agree with Techman. Plus, CPJ has always said he’d throw more if he had someone that can throw. I think Nesbitt is a better passer than his numbers, but he still doesn’t have the numbers Lee has put up. I think Vad may be a great qb in our system but don’t sleep on Synjyn Days. I hear he may be the starter in a couple of years.

GT man

December 13th, 2010
5:20 pm

Hopefully he will come to GT and be a QB, Washington sure isnt much to depend on next season.

voice of reason

December 13th, 2010
5:25 pm

I’m a Georgia fan but I will admit that if Tech could throw a little bit and fix that horrible defense they might really have something. However, they are in the same boat as us on defense because I don’t see much improvement from either squad next year. Hopefully, by year three both schools will began to show vast improvemment on defense.

Question for Tech fans. If PJ is able to get a QB who can throw and Receivers who can catch( Yes this is a dig at hill) how does he incorporate this new found passing attack into his practice routine? What I mean is, I know he is so obssessed( I mean this in a good way) with the timing of his TO that he spends the majority of practice time on it. The passing game will require considerable practice time as well. Can PJ find that balance? Will incorporating a passing attack take away from the execution of the TO.

Worm

December 13th, 2010
5:35 pm

Vad had a great season, but the team they defeated in the State title game finished at 9-7..Wilson is leaving NC State early so tech will probably sweat this one til signing day..I know what the kid says-just telling it like is!

TechGrad

December 13th, 2010
5:39 pm

@voice of reason – Actually, I have heard from people who incidentally have a good view of the practice field that the team spends the most time in every practice working on the passing game and special teams. I think the lack of passing is more a reflection of current personnel than the offensive scheme. If you look back over PJ’s career, his teams have passed more than GT does now.

True Tech

December 13th, 2010
5:44 pm

Great question Voice. Like our friend said earlier, if Johnson get’s the right players for his system, he will open the play book more and you will see more of a balanced offense. Just look at Hawaii back in the day. He knows what he’s doing. Tech just has to be patient. Nesbitt was a warrior but much of a passer. Right QB and the defense get’s the right players, watch out!

GTville

December 13th, 2010
5:51 pm

The passing game is the key to this offense. Anyone can shut down the TO if they know you are not going to pass. But, when you might pass, they have to stay back and it opens the run up. If they get too tight, you burn them with a TD pass. This season, they dropped too many passes or misfired on the throw thereby losing the advantage. A top WR (like D Thomas) can be more of a superstar catching 5 balls per game at GT than catching 10 per game elsewhere.

Elderheel

December 13th, 2010
5:56 pm

In this day and time EVERY school is going to GAIN and LOSE some verbals to other schools
bc that just the way recruits do it now a days. These kids are just neophytes going up against
professionals w many years of experience in the recruiting business so the recruits give a verbal before they have a chance to look things over. PJ is just spoiled by the Navy ways
where there was no recission of a verbal at the Academy.

Gravy Train

December 13th, 2010
5:57 pm

Chip, this is what you meant by readership, right? A whole 36 posts, wow! Much like Tech’s attendance problems, not many care about their recruiting either.

kgtech

December 13th, 2010
6:02 pm

This kid is a beast. No QB in the state of GA even comes close to his stats or
abilities. Give TECH 2 more years and they will be National contenders.

kgtech

December 13th, 2010
6:03 pm

Gravy Train, time to go back to your litter box.

Veteran Fan

December 13th, 2010
6:09 pm

You folks haven’t seen anything yet! If Mr Lee atends The Institute, there may be a two QB alternating system next year with Tevin. Our third QB looks good too and don’t forget Mr Days. The lines are maturing and the defense is figuring out their blitzes so look out here come The Jackets! The North Avenue Offensive Machine retooled this year and will be humming on all cylinders next year. Get your tickets early!!!!

Gravy Train

December 13th, 2010
6:22 pm

Why get your tickets early when there will be 30,000 plus available every game day?

Uga'91

December 13th, 2010
6:24 pm

This kid seems like a real player.

BankerDawg

December 13th, 2010
7:36 pm

Tech’s offense will be fine, no matter who is running it. But if Days and Lee are all they are hyped up to be, it could be a machine (40+ ppg)….if they get the turnovers under control.

In our game at the end of the year, the only thing that prohibited you guys putting up about 56 points was turnovers. We had no answer. Period.

I will not be surprised if Lee becomes a 4 star, and, at the same time, I would not be surprised if he remains a 3. If he is truly committed to Tech, no one else will offer him and his rating will probably stay the same. It’s the nature of the flawed star system. If Bama offered him tomorrow, he may jump to a 5 star!

Anyway, safe to say we both need some major improvements on defense before either of our fan bases feel any better about next year. Of course, some of my buddies are already talking about winning the East…such is the joy of being a college football fan.

Good luck in Shreveport, and Vad is a great kid (back to the original intent of the post).

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

December 13th, 2010
7:42 pm

This kid can’t hold a candle to Christian LeMay.

Old Gold

December 13th, 2010
8:01 pm

Jump ship while you can! You will hate playing for Johnson!!

Acbar

December 13th, 2010
8:06 pm

I don’t know why CPJ recruits QBs. He should just be going after RBs to play the QB position…..well I guess that’s what Vad Basically is.

Ol' Wrecks aka WrecksNEffect

December 13th, 2010
8:25 pm

What a major league PHONY CPJ is!

This QB that is supposed to be the perfect guy that is uber-talented for his “System”, and YET CPJ mysteriously hasn’t told this SA about his “policy” of no more visits after you commit.

Pretty soon the Kool-aid drinkers will see CPJ for the slimy hypocrite that he is.

Talk about inconsistency, NO ONE from GT’s Staff ever told this SA about CPJ’s Policy!

He had to learn about it from Chip Towers of the AJC!

To all you CPJ slurpers out there, would want a guy like that that commits MAJOR OMISSIONS like that recruiting your SON?

Let’s see the CPJ apologists try and defend that!

Ol' Wrecks aka WrecksNEffect

December 13th, 2010
8:33 pm

Oh yeah, for all you smug, elitist, holier-than-thou jerks, that love to play the “Academics Card” when it comes to GT FB Recruiting…………

Vad Lee scored in the 800s on his first try at the SAT, that puts him in the SAME EXACT RANGE as the “so-called THUGS” (not my term) that you smug-elitists like to accuse the players at other colleges of being.

I guess if you go 6-6 and see your prospects for winning in a crappy ACC dwindling as Chan’s recruits start to leave, then you THROW academics out the window and go and find FB players, the same way they do at the “so-called -factories” in the SEC that many GT fans love to look down their noses at.

Just goes to show what huge hypocrites many GT fans are when it comes to criticizing other FB Programs.

ccrider

December 13th, 2010
8:38 pm

Ol’ Wrecks aka WreaksNEffect: The bigger question is not what Coach Johnson does, But why a Georgia Fan has to hide behind a fake sounding Ga. Tech name to try and scare recruits off. Recruits, that I might add, are smarter than you and don’t believe the idiotic ramblings of a demented Bulldog Fan!