One of the nation’s elite prospects was part of a huge recruiting weekend at Ohio State.
“I had a really fun time up there,” said five-star Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze quarterback Xavier Lee. “I liked it a lot. The coaches were real cool and players were real cool. There were a ton of good players up there this weekend. Louis Irazarry, their big tight end, was my host. We had a great time hanging out and doing stuff with the other players.
“I liked coach Tressel a lot. He was real nice and down to earth. I got to spend about 30 minutes talking to him by myself, about what my opportunity looked like at Ohio State and just recruiting in general. He didn’t put any pressure on me or anything. He just told me some things to look for in a college and said I should pray about my decision, that I would know the best place for me. I liked that.”
It marked Lee’s first venture into the Buckeye State.
“I’d never been there before,” he said. “It was different, but not in a bad way. It was a new experience. I was wondering what the weather would be like, but it wasn’t too bad. That would be an adjustment, though. Their campus is huge. I liked the people I met. I hear they have great fan support.”
A member of the Rivals100 Team, Lee (6-4, 200, 4.5) is the No. 1 rated dual-threat quarterback and the No. 14 player overall in the nation. As a senior, he passed for 3,133 yards and 37 touchdowns while rushing for 567 yards and 10 scores.
He’s been offered by almost every major program in the nation, but has narrowed his decision down to three main schools.
“It’s probably Auburn, Ohio State or Florida State,” he said before adding, “but I’m still talking to Texas and Tennessee about maybe setting up visits with them.”
Is there a leader?
“Probably Ohio State or Auburn right now because those are the two visits I’ve been on,” Lee said. “But Florida State is still up there high. I wouldn’t make my decision before visiting them.”
His visit with the Seminoles is set for Jan. 9. They are widely regarded as the leader by Sunshine State recruiting observers. His half-brother, Anthony Kelly, signed with FSU last year.
Lee said he plans to make a decision “around Jan. 25.”