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Breaking down the recruits: QB Edition

OK, just two more of these to go, as we now count down the hours to National Signing Day. Coming Tuesday, the TechTalk blog will take a look at the various players Georgia Tech has recruited as ATHLETES. One could argue that many of the names we've discussed already could be lumped that category, too, as there have been several multiple-position players included this recruiting class.

Speaking of earlier recruits, by now, you likely have heard the Yellow Jackets lost yet another recruit over the weekend. Defensive lineman Trey Flowers removed his commitment to Tech and is deciding instead to go to Arkansas after a visit there over the weekend. Call it irony or call it something else, but of the players the Jackets have lost late in this recruitment period, the biggest names have been defensive linemen. Flowers played DE and some DT, Tre Jackson played DT and Stephon Tuitt was another DE.

OK, enough of the talk of who isn't coming, let's continue outlining who still should be.

In this edition of the "Breaking down the recruits" series, the blog looks at QUARTERBACK. Specifically the sole player who has been listed as a quarterback recruit in this class. There is another who could play there, but again, he's listed as an ATH and will be discussed Tuesday. For now, let's introduce you to Vad Lee:

VAD LEE, QB, 6-2/193: Most of you have already heard of Mr. Lee, and if you're a Georgia Tech fan and you haven't, chances are you've been living underneath a rock. One of the Jackets' most prized recruits, Lee is a strong-armed mobile signal-caller from North Carolina who pledged his allegiance to Tech back in August. From the moment he announced his commitment, he has publicly professed his excitement for playing in Atlanta the next four or five years. A prolific tweeter, it's rare that he has a status update that doesn't mention the words "Georgia" "Tech" in some capacity. There were moments late in the recruitment period where he told newspapers around his hometown of Durham that he was still considering other schools. He may have been leading the papers on, though, just trying to put on a neutral face until he actually sends his fax Wednesday morning. As far as what can be expected when he arrives to Tech this fall? Expect to see a player with tremendous upside. Now, of course, all of these guys contain that infamous "P" word -- potential -- at this point in their careers. Until these incoming freshmen actually play, you don't know how good they really will become. But judging from Lee's current body of work, he appears to have a chance to have an impressive future. In high school, he threw the deep ball with accuracy and proved to be a good pocket passer. When the pocket broke down, he was able to use his 4.45 40-yard speed to pick up first downs. As size goes, trainers likely will try to add as much weight as his frame can hold. After witnessing Joshua Nesbitt for the past three seasons, Tech fans should be well aware of the type of abuse a quarterback's body goes through in this offense. Coaches likely would be content if Lee could just add another 15 or 20 pounds. Lee should redshirt this fall, as he'll have very little time to learn the offense when he arrives. Not to mention, more importantly, he'll be playing behind the likes of Tevin Washington, the rising junior who started this past season's last five games. Backup Synjyn Days also is expected to be a factor at quarterback next season, as could David Sims.

Committed: August 19, 2010. Recruited by Andy McCollum and Brian Bohannon. Also recruited by: Minnesota, UNC, NCState, South Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Duke, Wake Forest