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.coms 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 wouldnt be admitted to Tennessee.
I dont 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 cant get through admissions. He graduated from high school in December. Theyve had his transcript since January. Looks like theyd know whether he could get through admissions.
Hayes is upset about the lack of communication from Vols coach Butch Jones or Tennessees new running backs coach. Hayes said the person he heard from was an administrator in Tennessees 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.coms Michael Carvell reports that Tennessees 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 wouldnt be no use for (Tennessee recruiters) to come back to Dillon.