The need to constantly re-load at the quarterback position is always a priority, but with only one scholarship QB on roster in B.J. Daniels and only one coming in this summer, restocking the cupboard is even more pressing for the 2011 class, and the Bulls staff cannot afford a down year when it comes to recruiting quarterbacks for the 2011 recruiting class.This year the staff is searching high and low for talent and that search has brought them to Durham, North Carolina where they found an elite athlete in Vad Lee from Hillside High school. Lee stands 6-foot-2, weighs in at 205 pounds, and has strength, speed and agility to go with it.
"I run a 4.4 in the 40, have a vertical of 33 inches, and can bench press 260 pounds" said Lee. "I'm working on getting stronger and faster, but I'm in track season, now, so I'm mostly just getting faster right now."
On the recruiting front things are going great for Lee, who's enjoying the recruiting process while a bunch of college coaches have made their way to check out the elite athlete.
"The recruiting process is going great, and I'm up to about 20 offers," said Lee. "The new ones keep rolling in, and I'm just weighing all my options."
"USF offered me last Thursday," said Lee. "Coach Rick Smith called, and told me they offered and I should be receiving the letter in the mail."
"At first Coach Smith was talking about Safety, because he's the secondary coach," said Lee. "But after the offensive coordinator Todd Fitch saw my film, they confirmed that they want me as a quarterback."
Lee started out being recruited as an athlete, mostly because he started and excelled at wide receiver during his sophomore season, finishing the year with 56 catches for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns, but switched to under center last season. After throwing for 2,013 yards and ten touchdowns on 129-of-195 passing (66-percent completion), while rushing for 650 yards and 12 touchdowns, Lee began receiving offers for quarterback.
While some schools are offering as an athlete, receiver or defensive back, those offering as a quarterback, definitely have an advantage.
"I want to play quarterback," said Lee. "I'm a dual-threat guy, and can keep defenses on their toes with my ability. I can run, throw, and throw on the run too and find the open receiver."
Lee got to watch USF a few times over the last two years, and knows a few things about the Bulls, but admitted that he doesn't know a whole lot about the South Florida program, and wants to learn more about the Bulls this summer.
"I've seen them on TV, and know a few things. I know they've been to a couple of bowl games and are a program on the rise," aid . I also know they have the former ECU Coach Skip Holtz, and he's a pretty good coach that turned that program around," said Lee.
"I definitely want to learn more, and I'm looking forward to checking them out this summer," said Lee. "A couple of teammates and me are going to go down there for a camp."
With it early in the recruiting period, and Lee still in the learning stage of the different schools that are showing interest, he said he doesn't have any clear favorites just yet.
"I really don't have any favorites right now. I'm just trying to weigh all my options right now," said Lee. "I plan on going to a lot of summer camps so coaches can coach me up a little bit. That way I can see what their styles are, and they can see what my style is like, and see what the best fit is."
Lee does know what he's looking for in a college program to help make his choice.
"I want to see how close I am with the coaching staff and making sure they are staying put. I don't want to go to a situation where I go somewhere and then they leave," said Lee. "And I want to play quarterback, so that makes a difference."
As far as this summer, Lee plans on being very busy going to summer camps and already has several that he knows he's going to see.
"I want to check them all out and I know I'm going to go to several summer camps," said Lee. "I'm planning on going to Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, USF, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest so far."
Lee said college programs won't have to wait until signing day to find out his decision, as he plans to narrow his choices down and make a decision before the season begins.
"I want to make a decision before the football season, that way I can focus on the season and just in case I get injured or something like that."
In the classroom Lee says he has a 2.5 core GPA and an 840 SAT.
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