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Vad Lee, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound three-star quarterback from Hillside High School in Durham, N.C., has eight scholarship offers and says three schools stand out, but he's got a long way to go and is looking forward to camps this summer.

Vad Lee, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound three-star quarterback from Hillside High School in Durham, N.C., has eight scholarship offers but says that three stand out above the rest – North Carolina State, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. All three have offered.

Lee, ranked as the No. 29 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, grew up following North Carolina and says the Tar Heels are only 15 minutes from his house. "I'm not sure about the distance," Lee admitted. "It'll probably be a small thing. Georgia Tech is one of my favorites too and they're six hours away."

He says his whole family are Tar Heels fans. "I've always followed them," he said. "I grew up watching them and dreamed of going there."

So besides being his childhood favorite, what else does Lee like about North Carolina? "That program is on the move," he said. "They're recruiting well and getting all the top players from this area. They're building towards a national championship and I think they can do it.

"I've been to UNC a lot and know a few players there already," he said. "They really want me and make me feel like I'd be the icing on the cake for them."

Lee says that North Carolina State is also only about 15 minutes from his house.

"I like their quarterback situation," he said about the Wolfpack. "(Quarterback) Russell Wilson plays baseball too and he might be going into the draft.

"They also have (redshirt sophomore) Mike Glennon and he's gonna be a junior so I'd have a good chance to get some early playing time," he said.

So how does Lee separate the two in-state programs in his mind? "They're obviously both close to home," he said. "And both have great coaches.

"Coach Tom O'Brien (North Carolina State) is more laid-back than coach Butch Davis (North Carolina)," he said. "Coach Davis is more hyped up, but he's fun to be around too. I can see myself fitting in at both places."

Lee plans on attending camps at both North Carolina and North Carolina State as well as Duke, Georgia Tech and Maryland. All have offered as well as Duke, South Carolina, East Carolina and Auburn.

The first scholarship offer that Lee received was from the Blue Devils. "They'll always be a top team for me because they really started recruiting for me," he said. "They were the first ones and I remember that."

Another thing that Lee likes about the Blue Devils is head coach David Cutcliffe. "Coach Cutcliffe has worked with some of the best quarterbacks around," he said. "I can't wait to go there this summer and work with him and see what he has to say."

Lee recently visited Georgia Tech (Saturday, April 24) and says he liked his time in Atlanta. "I had a great time there," he said. "I like how it's in the heart of Atlanta and how there's always something to do.

"I also loved the facilities and that's another place I can see myself fitting in well," he said. "The coaches really like me a lot too."

Lee says he got to spend some one-on-one time with Georgia Tech's junior quarterback Josh Nesbitt. "He talked to me about the lifestyle there and how it is going there," he said. "He also told me how when he first got to Tech he was like 200 pounds and now he's up to 225 pounds and is solid muscle. It really meant a lot getting to talk to him like that."

Lee plans on making a decision before the start of his senior season. "Just in case something happens," he said.

"I want to go to a bunch of camps this summer and see how I feel when I'm there," he said. "Then I should be able to make a decision."

Lee says he's also being recruited by Notre Dame and Wake Forest, but neither have offered. "Notre Dame said they are recruiting me as an athlete, but I want to play quarterback, so I don't think they'll be offering," he said.

"Wake Forest was at my practice already and they invited me to come to their camp," he said. "It sounded like they like me a lot, but they said they don't offer quarterbacks without having them throw at their camp."

He isn't sure if he'll make it to the Demon Deacons camp this summer.

Lee finished his junior season with 2,013 yards passing for 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 650 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"I'm a dual-threat," he said. "I put a lot of pressure on the defense to keep them on their toes. I'm very unpredictable.

"I can throw on the run too and can get the ball off fast," he said. "I can also read the field well and find the open receiver."

He says he can bench 260-pounds and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

"I want to work on my throwing motion," he said. "I want to improve my follow through and be more accurate with my throws. I just want to perfect my technique and mechanics."

Lee plans on majoring in business management and reports a 2.5 core GPA and an 840 SAT.

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