Big-Time DE Commits to Tech

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Virginia Tech’s second verbal commitment of the 2006 class comes at an important position – defensive end. And the Hokies have landed one of the top prospects in the East at that position in Mike Gee, a 6-2, 240-pound prospect out of New Jersey.

“Yeah, that’s true,” replied Gee when asked if had indeed committed to Virginia Tech. He went down to Virginia Tech on Friday and returned late last night. It was his first visit to VT. “I first got there and we saw the campus. I liked the campus. Then I got to hang out with some of the players. Once I hung out with the players (Mike specifically mentioned Xavier Adibi), then I knew it would be a good place.”

Gee has been a fan of Virginia Tech for most of his life. What’s it like to be able to go where he always wanted to go?

“It’s kind of weird,” Gee said. “I always wanted to go there since I was young. And to actually be able to go there is great.”

As a junior last season, Gee played for Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington, New Jersey. He’s uncertain if he will return next year, but, in just six games last season, he made 26 tackles with five sacks. Gee sat out most of the season because of a New Jersey transfer rule.

“He runs like a halfback and hits you like a middle linebacker,” Queen of Peace defensive coordinator Gabe Infante said. “That’s what everybody’s excited about. On the high school level you usually don’t get to see many kids like that. He’s a rare combination.”

Gee feels his talents fit in perfectly with Virginia Tech’s defense.

“I’m going to play defensive end,” said Gee, whose favorite NFL player is Dwight Freeney. “I think I fit in great. That was another factor as to why I decided to go there.”

Gee boasts around 20 1A scholarship offers. Besides Virginia Tech, Boston College, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin were among the schools to offer officially. In the end, his decision came down to two schools.

“I went down to Rutgers a few weeks ago and was really impressed with the way they presented things down there,” Gee said. “So it was really two schools.”


Mike Gee is a terrific pick-up at an important position in this year’s class. He fits the typical Virginia Tech mold in terms of defensive ends – undersized, but strong and very athletic. He runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds and brings a lot of versatility to the position. I’d still look