RB Jabo Lee confirms he won't be coming to UT, but says other schools still in mix

RB plans to attend another 4-year school

Jabo Lee

Jabo Lee

Running back Jabo Lee, who signed with Tennessee in February but was expected to land at junior college upon failing to qualify academically, says those assumptions are off base.

Lee told the Florence (S.C.) Morning News that he plans to attend a four-year school. It just won’t be Tennessee.

“This is just the beginning and everything is good. It is no sweat all,” Lee told the newspaper.

Lee said that Temple was one of the options he was considering.

Lee had verbally committed to East Carolina but switched to Tennessee just before National Signing Day. The Vols had missed on their top running back targets and needed to add a back to the class.

Without Lee, the Vols will enter the 2013 season with only four scholarship running backs — Rajion Neal, Marlin Lane, Alden Hill and Tom Smith.

However, the Vols have at least two backs committed in the Class of 2014, including five-star prospect Jalen Hurd.

It’s not certain how the relationship with Lee was formally severed, although it appears that for some time UT coaches were not expecting him to arrive in Knoxville this summer.

In a message to UT fans posted on Twitter, Lee said, “God works in mysterious ways.” He said he was weighing his other options, but added “all respect to Tennessee tho.”

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Good Luck young man, wish you the best wherever you decide to go.

mongobfairchild writes:

I had a dog named Jabo when I was a kid.

VOL_IN_BAMA writes:

was probably afraid he wouldn't see much playing time. Good luck wherever you go

sameolvolalum writes:

Who? Well, good luck anyhoo.


Jabo, you would have seen the field as a freshman, too bad you didn't even give it a try..

CoverOrange writes:

Maybe my perception is stilted by events specifically at UT but it seems lately that kids that switch allegiances at the last moment end up not doing the program much good.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

Temple? Someone would choose Temple over playing at Tennessee? Well, good luck dude...

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to mikethehistorystudent:

Temple? Someone would choose Temple over playing at Tennessee? Well, good luck dude...

He has Temple type skills not SEC skills..Jambo was like the girl nobody wanted to ask to the prom and then spilled a drink on her dress before the first dance. We will slide by with what we have and Butch will do what he's always done and play his offense to his strengths which will probably be getting yards in 5 yard chunks and try to move the chains..Chaney loved to go for broke on long passes but Worley isn't really a long ball guy and Dallas is the only long ball threat we have. I expect to see lots of screens,dump downs and TE post patterns

chattabluetick writes:

Guess he should have stayed committed to East Carolina if afraid to run the ball in the S.E.C. He might have gotten introduced to Clowney in the backfield. Good luck whatever the reason, the Vols will be all right.

SummittsCourt writes:

The writing is on the wall, Jabo wasn't good enough to see much playing time this year and with the RB's coming in next season he would never see the field.

Mboroalum writes:


GreerVol22 writes:

there is a Pharmacy in Newport called Jabo's...

us43137415#376444 writes:

He "fails to qualify academically" and it's "no sweat at all?"

HEY JABO.. no school is going to accept you unless you have at least a D average.

Glad you're not coming to Tennessee. We expect our athletes to be able to read and write.

volzcrushm writes:

Ok...so first we get mr. jabo because we missed out on the other running backs. and now, he does not qualify.... we also have rajion neal and marlin lane....that says no playing time for him this year. And you have mr. hill from last year and jalen hurd coming in not to mention paulk. I think it is his best choice to choose another school if he really has a desire to play. best wishes jabo.

Ironcity writes:

Its my understanding this was not his choice. He could not get into UT. Done deal. It appears he can get in some other 4 year schools. Good for him. Not sure why some here can't just say good luck and move on.

lavette12389 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Its my understanding this was not his choice. He could not get into UT. Done deal. It appears he can get in some other 4 year schools. Good for him. Not sure why some here can't just say good luck and move on.

i know right...its best for all parties we get it. he gets to play for a D-1 school...we get 1 more scholarship to use! Good luck Jabo hope to see you start!

DonK37920 writes:

At this point, we can not risk an almost sure hit to our future APR.

RockyETop writes:

Why all the hate? So he isn't going to be with us. Don't rub his nose in the dirt. You don't even know why! Pathetic sportsmanship makes me sad to root for the same team as many of you.

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

Wish him well and hope he finds success wherever he lands. There are going to be lots of carries to go around for those true freshman tailbacks next year.

johnlg00 writes:

The only real downside I see is the possible hit to RB depth if Neal or Lane get hurt. I'm not sure Lee is big enough, fast enough, or durable enough to be a high-carry RB in the SEC, but he could be a fill-in.

If RB depth is hurt, I am sure that Jones, with his headful of spread concepts, can create a short-passing offense using a lot of H-backs and slot receivers instead of RBs. This is where the large number of "athletes" the Vols have signed lately can be useful. Worley has run a similar offense in HS. We should remember that he earned Gatorade HS POY running it.

I am equally sure that if Hurd comes in as all we hope he is, Jones can put in a run-heavy offense. It is not quite fair to call Jones a "spread" coach; he is an ADAPTABLE coach. If we have passers and receivers, we will pass; if we have runners and run-blockers, we will run; if we have neither, we will try not to beat ourselves with silly turnovers. The Vols will be OK; hope Jabo is as well.

volcraze writes:

Wait a minute--Temple? I live 1 hour from Temple. Its a different world down there. My friend and neighbor played on Temple basketball a few years back (Jay Jameson). I heard enough from him that I know I will never be down there. Good luck Jabo. You should have picked Tennessee.

LovinMyVols writes:

Good Luck Jabo. I hope that your dreams are fulfilled.

murrayvol writes:

And so it goes.

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