Huskers pursuing NJ DE

If there is an underlying theme about Nebraska's recruiting last year it is trying to effectively recruit areas of the nation that they perviously had not had success recruiting. The push into California, Texas and Florida is great, but Nebraska in the 90's was able to dip into New Jersey too and it appears Nebraska has spotted a pretty good one already in the Garden State.

A name to remember this year will be Mike Gee. Gee may have been lost in the fold to a certain degree from last year, but he will be ready this year. The 6-foot-2 and 235 pound defensive end from North Arlington (N.J.) Queen of Peace can cover the 40 yard dash in 4.7 seconds.

He made a transfer before the season started and was forced to sit out some games. He transferred from Don Bosco to Queen of Peace before the season. He did manage to make 45 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and an interception through six games.

"I only made second team all-league last year, probably because I had to sit out a few games," Gee said.

Despite missing part of his junior season teams have realized his potential and has already been busy getting offers from big-time division I schools. "I am up to about 15 offers right now. Rutgers, Louisville, Iowa, Purdue, Nebraska, Boston College, and Wisconsin are really the ones that I know off of the top of my head right now."

Although they haven't officially stepped up to offer, Virginia is standing out right now to Gee. "Virginia is showing me a lot of interest. They are probably sending me the most mail. Rutgers is also showing a lot of interest."

Despite getting heavy interest from Virginia and holding around 15 offers every thing is a level playing field right now. "Virginia stands out to me the most right now probably because they are recruiting me the hardest. I don't really have any favorites."

Gee may not have any favorites, but a couple of teams may stand out because they were childhood favorites. "When I was growing up I used to watch Virginia Tech and Florida State a lot."

Last year Gee only hit one college camp. This year he has already been to one combine and is going to hit some others this summer. He isn't totally sure what combines he will be heading to, but it looks like he will attend the Nike camp this summer.

"I went to the Boston College camp last year. I already did the U.S. Army All-American Junior combine this year. I am not sure if I got any awards or not out of it because I had to leave early."

"I don't know if I am going to go to any college camps this summer. I think that I will get a couple of more combines though. I got a letter from the Nike camp and the MLS combine is at Rutgers."

Gee says that his strengths are his speed and explosiveness. "I think that I am pretty explosive and quick. I get to the quarterback pretty well."

If there is anything that Gee says that he wants to focus on this summer to be better at this fall it is better conditioning for the upcoming season; a season that should be played in full where he will be on the field the entire season.

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