Lee Wants One More Win

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- After helping Durham (N.C.) Hillside win a state championship, Vad Lee went home for a couple of hours and then headed to the Shrine Bowl team hotel.

"I got here at 7 in the morning [on Sunday]," Lee said. "[The state championship] hasn't hit me, yet. But, I'm still excited about it and ready to get home and party with my boys in Durham."

Lee, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback, was named the championship game's most valuable player after throwing three touchdown passes in the 40-0 victory over Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County.

"It means a lot to be able to end my career with a state championship ring on my finger," Lee said. "I will always remember it. Being that I'm committed to an out-of-state school, it's even more special, because you get to go out-of-state and show what you did in-state. And then I can always come back to North Carolina and show my ring off."

Lee ended his senior season with 27 touchdowns and 3,083 yards on 168-of-277 passing, and 21 touchdowns and 1,202 yards on 108 rushes.

He wants to add one more accomplishment to his resume – a victory over South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl.

"To win the Shrine Bowl would mean a lot, too, because that's my official final high school game," Lee said. "And it's the only all-star game that I'm playing in."

Like Hillside, the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team will run a spread style offense.

"The route combinations are a lot different," Lee said. "The zone reads are pretty much the same as I've done at my high school. And things that we've put in as hot routes and hot reads and pre-snap reads [they're] different, as well."

In practice, Lee is sharing quarterback reps with UNC verbal commitment Marquise Williams, as well as Chauncy Concepcion.

"[Williams] is a cool guy," Lee said. "He's funny. He's just a fun guy to be around. He'll make you step up your game."

Despite his commitment to Georgia Tech, Lee is entertaining the possibility of officially visiting other schools.

"I may [officially visit other schools]," Lee said. "I haven't made a final decision with that, yet. The only official visit I have set up is Georgia Tech."

On Monday night, Lee received a phone call from UNC assistant coach Charlie Williams.

"[Coach Williams] called me just to congratulate me on the state championship," Lee said. "He didn't talk about official visits or anything."

While in Spartanburg, Lee says he hasn't faced a lot of recruiting from his teammates that are committed elsewhere.

"My Georgia Tech guys and I, we stay close and get along together," Lee said. "The North Carolina guys talk junk to us and we talk junk to them. It's just all fun and games."

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