UT signee Jabo Lee says he’s qualified, going to a 4-year school, but it won’t be Tennessee

Jabo Lee

Jabo Lee

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Running back Jabo Lee, who signed with Tennessee in February but was expected to land at junior college upon failing to qualify academically, says those assumptions are off base.

Lee told the Florence (S.C.) Morning News that he is qualified academically and that he doesn’t plan to go to a junior college. But he won’t be going to Tennessee.

“This is just the beginning and everything is good. It is no sweat all,” Lee told the paper.

Lee said that Temple was one of the options he was considering.

Lee posted a message to Vols fans this week:

Lee had been verbally committed to East Carolina but switched to Tennessee just before National Signing Day. The Vols had missed on their top running back targets and needed to add a back to the class.

Without Lee, the Vols will enter 2013 with only four scholarship running backs — Rajion Neal, Marlin Lane, Alden Hill and Tom Smith.