Lee selects Seminoles

Quarterback <b>Xavier Lee</b> of Daytona Beach Seabreeze made his highly-anticipated announcement Sunday night at his team's banquet concerning his choice of college teams. And the winner is...the <b>Florida State Seminoles</b> over the <B>Auburn Tigers</b> and Texas Longhorns. Lee, the state's Mr. Football, is the second quarterback to commit to the Seminoles, joining <b>Drew Weatherford</b> of Land O' Lakes.

Editor's Note: TheTerritory recruiting analyst Dave Peters attended the banquet in Daytona Beach this evening. Look for a detailed report, including an exclusive photo gallery as well as quotes from Lee, his family and Seabreeze's coaching staff, later this evening.

Xavier Lee can finally relax.

Lee, a record-setting quarterback from Daytona Beach Seabreeze and the state's Mr. Football, announced Sunday evening at his team's banquet that he would attend Florida State next season.

Lee's selection of FSU over Auburn and the Texas Longhorns ends a whirlwind recruiting process that saw the talented signal-caller attract interest from some of the nation's most prestigious programs.

Lee made his annoucement as he displayed an FSU cap, saying he wanted to play for a veteran coach in Bobby Bowden.

"It came down to three schools in Auburn, Florida State and Texas," Lee said.

"All the visits were fun but the most fun was on the Texas visit. It came down to family and where my heart was. I am going to be an athlete for the next few years in playing for a very old coach in Bobby Bowden."

Seabreeze quarterbacks coach Thad Busby, a former starting quarterback at FSU, said he expects Lee to contend for the starter's role next season.

"They didn't mention a redshirt and my expectations to have fun and come in and compete," Lee said. "I am very happy the phone calls are going to end (laughing)."

According to locals, Lee's announcement was equaled in anticipation only by former Daytona Beach Mainland standout Vince Carter's decision to play basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels in the mid-1990s.

In fact, Seabreeze Athletic Director Gerald Chandler told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that the hoopla surrounding Lee recruitment "won't happen again, not in my lifetime. We're real proud of what he's achieved."

Lee joins Drew Weatherford of Land O' Lakes at quarterback on the Seminoles' recruiting list. Weatherford, who made his official visit to FSU over the weekend, has been vocal in his encouragement of wanting Lee to join him in Tallahassee.

National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 4.

FSU starter Chris Rix will be a senior next season, while backup Wyatt Sexton, of former local standout from Tallahassee Leon High School and the son of running backs coach Billy Sexton, will be a redshirt sophomore.

Last year's backup, Fabian Walker, has transferred to Valdosta State for his senior season.

Lee, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, is considered an exceptional athlete.

Lee threw for 3,133 yards and 37 touchdowns and rushed for 609 yards and 12 touchdowns last season en route to being named the Class 3A Player of the Year. Lee also set career state records for passing yardage (9,083), touchdown passes (98), total touchdowns (127) and completions (544).

Lee, who recently scored a 18 on the ACT test, is on track to qualify academically.

His brother, Anthony Kelly, originally signed letter of intent with FSU last February but he came up short on qualifying. Kelly, who also played at Seabreeze, is expected to enroll at FSU in December, according to Lee.

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