New Jersey product Mike Gee signed with Virginia Tech in 2006, but due to an issue with his transcripts he was forced to go the junior college route to get to Blacksburg. The talented defensive end prospect still hopes to enroll at Virginia Tech and is working hard to do so.
Last summer, Gee, after graduating from Dwight Morrow High School (Englewood, N.J.), settled on Garden City Community College in Kansas. He red-shirted last football season due to complications from a foot injury, but was able to take 22 credits worth of classes. Unhappy so far away from home, he decided to transfer to Nassau Community College in Long Island, New York, in January.
Gee just finished his first semester at Nassau and plans to return next Monday for the first of two summer sessions. His goal: Graduate junior college and enroll at Virginia Tech in January of 2008.
“I would still like to go to Virginia Tech if everything works out,” Gee said. “In case it doesn’t, other schools are recruiting me. I’m receiving letters from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Syracuse, Rutgers, and Penn State came to my school.”
Asked exactly what he needs to do to get to Virginia Tech, Gee replied, “I think all I have to do is to graduate from junior college. I’m definitely going to do that if everything continues to work out like it has so far.”
Gee has been in consistent contact with Virginia Tech defensive line coach Charley Wiles since last February. He says Wiles will send a text message each week. Gee frequently calls the Virginia Tech assistant, with last week being the most recent communication.
“I talked to Coach Wiles about on Thursday or Friday of last week,” Gee said. “I called him. He asked me if I still wanted to come to Virginia Tech. I told him I never stopped wanting to go to Virginia Tech. He sounded excited about it.
“Coach Wiles has been there for me ever since the bad news about my transcript. He set me up with the Kansas community college. I told him about Nassau. He has been there from the beginning and I hope he’s there until the end, too.”
Football-wise, Gee, who currently measures in 6-1 1/2, 248 pounds, returned to the gridiron this spring for Nassau’s spring practice. He feels 100-percent healthy, having recovered from the fractured foot he suffered in the Governor’s Bowl last summer.
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