NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In two seasons as the starting quarterback at Tulane, Tanner Lee threw for 3,600 yards with 23 touchdown passes. Going into spring drills, Lee was set to be with the starters, but then Curtis Johnson got fired and Willie Fritz took the position. At Georgia, Southern Fritz had success with a run-heavy attack, which didn't fit Lee's pro-style background.
"Coach Fritz came in and he's typically known for running some kind of option offense. I didn't know if that was going to be the best fit for me. I had talks with my parents, talks with my coaches, they wanted me to come in and compete," Lee said. "In the end, I decided to make a change and try to find a better fit for me somewhere else."
Now Lee trains at his old high school, Jesuit, staying sharp and getting ready for what's next. This past weekend Lee was in the unique position of being recruited all over again. LSU got first crack at the signal caller.
"Yeah it was a strange, but a lot of fun. It was good for my family to come up there and see the campus," Lee said. "It was something I didn't get to do coming out of high school. I made a great relationship with Cam Cameron and coach Miles. They did a good job of keeping me separate a little bit from the high school kids. I got to talk to some academic advisers and see what credits would transfer over."
LSU currently doesn't have a quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class. Lee wouldn't be eligible to suit up for the Tigers until 2017, but could practice with the team until then.
"With LSU, there's big-time mutual interest between both of us. It's just when and how I would be able to get in there," Lee said. "They're helping me out with my hardship appeal, trying to get a sixth year on the back end. They've been really helpful. I've talked with Coach Cameron every day since I've been back. I'm really excited to work something out, but everything is still wide open."
Lee is currently enrolled at Tulane taking online courses and going to school on campus. He could transfer in the next two weeks, or he could just wait until the summer.