|Hometown/School:||Daytona Beach, Fl. (Seabreeze HS)|
With most of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation having already either choosen their school or narrowed their choices down, it is rare to find a high rated prospect sitting back an waiting.
"I guess [I'll decide] sometime after football season because I'm more focused on this season than the next few seasons ahead of me," explained Seabreeze Senior HS's Xavier Lee, ranked TheInsiders #8 signal caller nationally.
The 6'4'', 220 standout claims offers from nearly fifty major programs nationwide. His favorites list reads like a who's who of nationally ranked and regional powers, including Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, Syracuse, Miami (Fl.), Ohio State, Maryland, Texas Tech, and Clemson--and those were only the schools that came off the top of his head. With schools from over such a wide range of areas, does Xavier have a preference as far as where he attends college?
"It wouldn't really matter either way. If I go to the next level, most likely I won't be close to home," Xavier said, adding, ""[A cold climate] may matter, but I guess I can adapt to it."
Some schools on his list have already received quarterback commitments, like Florida State, Miami (Fl.), and Georgia, Xavier will not be deterred by competition because he has confidence in his abilities.
"(Land O' Lakes, Florida's) Drew Weatherford's a good quarterback, don't get me wrong, but I believe where ever I go I can compete, regardless of who they signed. Florida State already having a commitment isn't a scare or a turn away for them," Xavier said, offering the same holds true for his childhood favorite Miami Hurricanes.
In the past, Xavier has been to games at both Florida State and Miami (Fl.), as well as a brief stop this summer to visit Auburn. With the season for Seabreeze kicking off this Friday night, Xavier will most likely take his official visits after the season, meaning teams calling this September could have a shot at a very wide open Lee.
One school in particular need of a quaterback, Penn State, may be knocking down the door to get Xavier's attention come September 1st, when the NCAA mandated quiet period ends.
Xavier explained that Jay Paterno visited his school in May to watch him practice. Although, JayPa could not talk to Xavier because of NCAA rules, the two did meet briefly. Xavier said Penn State offered him a scholarship back in May. He indicated that he's had a written offer from PSU for some time. With some effort, the Nittany Lions could interest Xavier, but as of right now, he's not sure what they have to offer him.
"I've never done any research on them. I do know they have a great head coach (Joe Paterno)--he's a legend, but that's all I know," said Xavier, a good student, who should have no trouble qualifying.
What qualities is Xavier looking for in a program?
"Definitely playing time and a quarterback coach to get me to the next level and have me prepared. I would definitely like to compete for a National Championship."
With so much attention on him by media outlets, does Xavier feel any of the pressures of being a one of the nation's most highly regarded prospects?
"I take it for what it's worth really. I don't let that stuff go to my head. I just do what I have to do on the field and that's all I can really say," said Xavier, a determined and cool customer.
(Interview by Steve Curry)