Zach Lee- Shining Early

Zach Lee, a 2010 quarterback from McKinney High, came to the Red Raiders minicamp two weeks ago hoping to show Coach Leach and his staff what he could do. He left with an offer in hand and is the youngest quarterback to be offered in the Mike Leach era. RaiderPower.com caught up with the talented youngster to get his take on the Red Raiders.

Zach Lee out of McKinney High was in Lubbock for the Red Raiders' minicamp a few weekends back, and his visit was all he hoped for.

"I thought the visit went really well. I really liked the environment, and they had first class facilities," Zach enthused.

In addition to the camp, Lee enjoyed the laid-back, friendly atmosphere of Lubbock.

"My visit was enjoyable. Lubbock seems like a small town, but you can get what you need there, so I really liked that aspect of it."

At 6'4", 183 pounds, Lee has a great frame for such a young signal caller. His size combined with his accuracy impressed Coach Leach enough that the coaching staff decided to extend him an offer for 2010.

"I have a pretty strong arm and pretty accurate. I think the biggest thing the coaches liked about me is my accuracy. After the camp, I talked to Coach Riley and he offered me. This is my first offer."

Zach knows what a compliment it is to him that Texas Tech offered him so early and sang the praises of the Red Raiders' offense.

"Pretty much any quarterback has to like the Texas Tech offense because they throw the ball so much and you have the chance to big plays. I know quite a bit about the program. Both of my parents went to Tech, and my uncle is a Texas Tech alum and a big fan, so I've followed the Red Raiders quite a bit."

As far as a timeline for making a decision, Lee wants to make sure that he doesn't rush into anything.

"I'm not sure right what my timeline is right now; it's pretty early in the process. I'm just going to take it day by day and see what happens."

When asked about his playing style, Zach explained that he uses his size and arm strength to make plays.

"I prefer to sit in the pocket, but I can roll out if I need to. I would be classified as more of a pocket passer than a scrambler though."

McKinney High went 3-7 last year, but Lee is confident that 2008 will be a much more productive year for the Lions.

"I think we should do a lot better this year. The offense is returning 8 of 11 starters, so that will help a lot. The offensive line is something we've been working on that a lot and I think they've really improved. The defense will be the backbone of our team. I think if our defense holds up have a really good shot at winning district and going far in the playoffs."

Lee, who was the starting QB for McKinney as a sophomore, informed us that the transition to playing at the varsity level wasn't a difficult one.

"It wasn't a huge transition. I knew most of seniors and juniors and had played and practiced with them because halfway through my freshman year I got moved up to varsity. So I had some experience, and the older guys really helped me out a lot.

"Another thing about starting since my sophomore year is that it gives me a lot of time to get better at reading defenses and pick up on things that you can only pick up in game situations. I think it will help my overall development."

In addition to his budding football career, Zach is an extremely talented baseball player and was the starting pitcher for the National 16 and under team last summer. Lee was one of only three athletes from Texas to be selected for the team, and he helped lead the team to a gold medal in 2007. This summer he plans to play for the 18 and under team and hopefully repeat last year's success.

"I'm not planning on going to any other football camps over the summer," Zach said, "I'm actually playing baseball this summer and got invited to try out for the 18 and under USA Youth National team."

Lee will definitely be one to watch over the next couple of years, and if the Red Raiders get their way, he'll be in the limelight as a record-breaking college quarterback.

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