Demon Deacons Offer Durham QB

Over the past few months, junior quarterback Vad Lee's recruitment has blown up. Wake Forest had not been in contact or offered Lee, however. That all changed over the past few weeks after the Demon Deacon staff visited Durham to see Lee practice.

Vad Lee, a 6'1, 195 pound athlete, has seen his recruitment explode in the past few weeks. Originally recruited by many schools as an athlete, Lee has proven in recent months that he can be a quarterback at the collegiate level.

"A lot of people used to just consider me an athlete," Lee said. "I started playing when I was six or seven and was the running back," he said. "One of my coaches switched me to quarterback and I've been there six years now. However, my sophomore year I was receiver because Corey Gattis who is at Duke now was our quarterback."

With Lee at wide receiver as a sophomore, many coaches who offered early had only seen his abilities catching the ball and not at quarterback. However, Lee had a great junior year behind center. "My junior year I was a starter at quarterback," he said. "I threw for over 2,000 yards and ran for more than 600. I had 10 touchdowns passing and 12 rushing touchdowns."

Lee's Spring has also been impressive. "Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays we have 7-on-7 practices," he said. "We have coaches out there most every day watching and scouting us. Really, it's an honor to have them. Coaches coming by are making me ensure that I make the right reads and mechanics. Sometimes you go to practice and get lazy but with coaches there you can't afford to be lazy. It makes me work harder, go compete."

One school that has dropped by in recent weeks is Wake Forest. "I'm still getting surprised by new offers," Lee said, "and I got Wake Forest last night. It was a surprise not last night really, but when they first came to school last week. I really didn't know and was wondering but Coach Russ came by and really liked me. He took my highlight film back to Coach Elrod and he came to see me practice. I had a good practice that day and he offered me."

The Demon Deacons now join around 15 other schools including Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, and Maryland in offering the Durham native. Lee notes that he is wide open with his recruitment and will decide just before his senior season begins. According to the Durham gunslinger, Wake Forest's slow start recruiting him will not hinder the Demon Deacons' chances.

"Actually their shot is pretty good. The earlier teams were looking at me as an athlete but the only thing they had seen was receiver. Wake has seen me only at quarterback. They are definitely up there. They run the same type of offense we run at high school. It would be an easy transition."

Although Lee is wide open on the recruiting front, he is 100% certain on one thing – he will only listen to overtures from schools recruiting him at quarterback. "I'm playing quarterback no doubt," he said. "Coaches say I have a natural ability to lead the team and I take that with pride. I want to have the ball in my hands to throw or to run, making plays both ways. That's me. I love being up under center and making things happen."

"I'm going to try to make a decision before the football season," Lee noted. "I am going to go through my visits and camps this summer and will have an idea of where I'll want to go. I'll go to camps at Wake Forest, N.C. State, UNC, Georgia Tech, Duke, and South Florida and listen to other schools that offer, then make a decision."


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