FOOTBALL RECRUITING

Recruit’s treatment at Tennessee upsets Dillon High coach

From Staff ReportsAugust 1, 2013 

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Dillon High coach Jackie Hayes is upset with the way one of his former players has been treated by Tennessee, according to several published reports.

Jabo Lee, a running back from Dillon High, signed with Tennessee in February but was told last week he would not be admitted.

“I think they just left him out to dry,’’ Hayes told GoVolsExtra.com’s Mike Strange.

Lee graduated early from Dillon last December and was recruited to Tennessee by running backs coach Jay Graham, a former USC coach. Lee made his test score recently but was told he wouldn’t be admitted to Tennessee.

“I don’t think this is a good way of doing business,’’ Hayes told the website. “They told him the whole time all he had to do is make the test score.

“Last Wednesday, they called him and said he can’t get through admissions. He graduated from high school in December. They’ve had his transcript since January. Looks like they’d know whether he could get through admissions.’’

Hayes is upset about the lack of communication from Vols coach Butch Jones or Tennessee’s new running backs coach. Hayes said the person he heard from was an administrator in Tennessee’s football office.

Lee was granted a release from his letter-of-intent by Tennessee and will enroll at Temple.

Hayes said he thinks “what happened is they got some (higher rated) recruits for 2014.’’

AJC.com’s Michael Carvell reports that Tennessee’s handling of the situation may come back to haunt the Volunteers. They (and other colleges) have offered 2016 Dillon QB Avery McCall, but Hayes said, “There wouldn’t be no use for (Tennessee recruiters) to come back to Dillon.”

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