Mike Gee , a talented defensive end prospect who signed with the Hokies this past February, will not be able to enroll at Virginia Tech this fall. But, the 6-2, 228-pound prospect has found a home and has a plan to get to Blacksburg in two years.
“He’s at Garden City Community College in Kansas,” said Sandra Gee, mother of the former Englewood High School star. “He still wants to get to Virginia Tech. [The Tech coaches] said he’s going to have to go there for two years, but, given everything that has happened, we’re just taking it one day at a time. That’s the plan, though.”
“Everything” primarily consists of Gee’s situation with Don Bosco Prep. Gee’s high school career looks like this – he attended Don Bosco Prep his entire freshman year and the first half of his sophomore year. He then transferred to Queen of Peace for the second half of his sophomore year and the first half of his junior year. And, finally, he transferred to Dwight Morrow High School (Englewood, N.J.) for the second half of his junior year and his entire senior year.
In recent months, Gee learned that he would not receive any credit for the classes he took at Don Bosco the first half of his sophomore year.
“Don Bosco has a policy about not giving credits for anything if a person doesn’t complete the whole year,” Sandra Gee said. “They didn’t give him a heads up about that when he transferred. We were very disappointed.”
Gee, who was able to graduate from Dwight Morrow, didn’t know exactly what he was going to do until recently.
“We didn’t know what to do,” Ms. Gee said. “We weren’t given a yes or a no answer from the NCAA Clearinghouse until recently, although I knew he wouldn’t get through. We were put in the right direction through one of the Virginia Tech coaches. They had us talk to the right people and Michael got there on the last day he could.
“[The Virginia Tech coaches] have been there for Michael for mental support and guidance. I can’t wait for him to get there.”
Because of a foot fracture, Gee will likely redshirt this first year at Garden City. The rehabilitation is “going very, very well” according to Ms. Gee.
Stay tuned, as we will check in with Mike in the coming weeks.
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