Tech Offers National Hot 100 QB

Texas Tech stepped up their quarterback recruiting efforts by now offering a total of four signal callers. Initially, the Red Raiders offered Ennis' Graham Harrell, but due to his indecision, the Texas Tech coaching staff has expanded its quarterback search. Harrell, of course, remains an option as does Idalou's Shae Reagan and Reedley JUCO dynamo, Robert Johnson. But even more recent, Mike Leach and his staff extended an offer to the nation's 55th-ranked prospect.

Daytona Beach, Florida quarterback Xavier Lee is the latest to be offered a 'ship by the Red Raider coaching staff. This particular blue-chipper is ranked No. 55 (nationally) and widely regarded as one of the top dual-threat passers in the country.

At the Florida Nike Camp, Lee measured 6-3, while weighing 209 pounds. He also ran a Nike camp-timed 4.59 (forty), 4.71 (shuttle) and posted a 28.4 inch (vertical).

As a junior, the Daytona Seabreeze product passed for 3,075 yards and recorded 33 total touchdowns.

Strength: Lee claims a max bench press and squat of 270 and 370 pounds respectively.

Although Lee stated he had yet to finalize a top five, he did say that he likes Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, Florida and Syracuse. He also claims wrriten offers from that group of five. And while the elite QB admitted he grew up a Miami fan, his two favorite schools are Florida State and Auburn (at least at this point). Lee also has a brother who will attend FSU in '03.

Now that Texas Tech has offered Lee, where do the Red Raiders stand with him?

"I recently received a written scholarship offer from Texas Tech in the mail," Lee told RP. "I have not spoken with any of their coaches yet, but I would like to know more about Texas Tech."

Jason Williams: Does Mike Leach and Co. have a shot at getting an official visit after you collect more information on Tech?

Xavier Lee: Possibly...they might have a chance.

JW: Thoughts on Texas Tech?

XL: I like their offense. It's wide-open and their quarterbacks make a lot of plays.

If the Red Raiders can secure an official visit from the star QB, then they have an opportunity. That's about all one can ask for with a player of Lee's caliber. But earning one of his five officials won't be easy. Tech will have to battle Tennessee, Florida State, Florida, Auburn and Syracuse as well as any new favorites.

Commitment timeframe?

The Florida quarterback hopes to have a top five finalized by the middle of September. Lee said he'll take all of his officials before making his college choice. He also said, "I'd like to announce my decision at my high school football banquet in late January."

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