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.”