Vol RBs coach breaks down Jabo Lee

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It isn't often that prospective athletes sign with a school they have never expended an official visit with, but that was exactly how it went down for three-star running back signee Jabo Lee and Tennessee.

However, while Lee had never visited officially he had seen Tennessee on unofficial visits and running backs coach Jay Graham knew plenty about the Dillon, S.C., native to send him a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 6.

"We tried on short notice to get him up here, but I had a relationship with him for a long time," Graham told InsideTennessee.com. "I know what I am getting with Jabo. I know what type of player that he is, I know his mentality and I know everything about him."

And while Lee wasn't able to officially visit with the Vols prior to inking with the Orange & White, it appears as though he will get a chance to come on campus following signing day.

"He has been here before, but it would be good for his mom to be able to come here," Graham said. "That in-home visit was a long one and we just talked about the program and what it means. He had an understanding, but it was important for mom to an understanding. She is a great lady and she let him sign with us."

Jay Graham offered Jabo Lee following a big sophomore season.
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In fact, Graham knew enough about Lee to offer him following his sophomore season when Lee rattled off 1540 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns bursting onto the radars of multiple Division I programs.

"It was easy for me to make a decision on him," Graham said. "We offered him early. He is the type of young man that is going to make us better. I look at what we have and what we are missing and he brings another dimension to our backfield with how elusive he is.

"He has a combination of skills and he will hit you. That is the thing that I like about him. I know he didn't take a visit, but he is able to take one after."

After a big sophomore season Lee followed up with a junior performacnce that was even more impressive totaling 1642 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns. However, a knee sprain kept him on the shelf as a senior most of the year, but that wasn't a concern for Graham and company.

"He had a sprain and they MRI'd him and I knew all that," Graham said. "That happens — guys get injured, but we kept in contact the whole time. I was really happy to get him to be a part of this program."

The Dillon (S.C.) High School prospect was ranked as the No. 102 running back prospect in the 2013 class according to FOX Sports NEXT.

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