One of the nation’s elite players for the Class of 2004 has added scholarship offers to an ever-growing list.
Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze quarterback Xavier Lee has more than a dozen offers now and is receiving considerable interest from almost every top program in the nation.
“This will be a big week around here,” Seabreeze coach Marc Beach said. “Our spring practice is going to go a little short – only about 12 days – so we’re expecting a whole lot of people through here. LSU just came today. Louisville has been here. Florida, Miami and Auburn will be here this week.
“It’s pretty much a who’s who list for Xavier right now. He’s got offers from Florida State, N.C. State, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, Georgia Tech… There may be a few others. Those are some of them off the top of my head.
“We expect Miami to offer sometime this week since (John David) Booty decided to go to USC early. He was high on their list, so we’ve had some indications they’ll be looking closer at Xavier now. Oklahoma is also showing quite a bit of interest.”
Lee (6-4, 200, 4.5) is coming off a junior season which saw him complete 188 of 304 passes for 3,077 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for 461 yards and 12 scores in earning Class 3A all-state honors.
“People love his arm strength and feet,” Beach said. “He has the ability to make things happen in both the passing game and the running game.”
Florida State is considered to be the early leader for Lee due to a number of factors. Florida and Miami both signed top quarterbacks in Chris Leak and Kyle Wright, respectively, in the Class of 2003. The Seminoles also signed Lee’s half-brother, Anthony Kelly, in February.
Beach said it may be more open than most people realize, though.
“Xavier doesn’t talk a whole lot about favorites or anywhere that he’s dead set on,” he said. “I think he just wants to get it narrowed down to four or five places where he may fit in best and have a chance to play as either a true freshman or a redshirt freshman.”
Lee is expected to be a full-qualifier.
Said Beach: “Xavier is one of the finest all-around kids I've been associated with. He's probably a better kid than he is a football player, and that's saying a lot because he's a great football player.”