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VTech lands second commitment

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One week after the Hokies added their first commitment on the offensive line, Virginia Tech added more help out of state with the commitment of defensive end Mike Gee.
The North Arlington (N.J.) Queen of Peace product picked Tech over offers from Louisville, Nebraska, North Carolina State and Virginia among others.
"I just like the facilities and tradition there," he said. "They have a great tradition and I felt like I just fit into the school and the scheme of the defense, that's why I committed there. I like the school academically and athletically and I liked all the coaches down there too. They are all great guys and I can't wait to get down there and play for them."
When we talked with Gee, he was on his way back from an unofficial visit to Blacksburg.
"It was a great visit and they showed me a lot," he said. "I got to hang out with a couple of the players and I got a sense of what the school is like. I was leaning towards them before and then everything went well on the visit. I was in Frank Beamer's office when I committed and everybody was really excited."
The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder is glad to have the decision behind him.
"I'm happy that it's all over because I've been waiting for this," he said. "It's been tiring and this is just where I wanted to go. I saw no reason to drag it out, so I decided I mine as well commit and get it over with."
The Tech coaches have made a lot of comparisons to Gee with current Virginia Tech standout Darryl Tapp. What are his thoughts about that?
"Hopefully I can play like him," he said. "It would be great if I can follow in his footsteps because he's going to the NFL and that's where I want to go someday."
Gee is excited to join the Hokies and thinks they have a great future ahead of them.
"I think the school has a great future in the ACC," he said. "They won the conference their first year in it and they should be able to do it every year as well as win a national championship."
The end is hoping to do whatever he can to help Virginia Tech get there.
"I want to do whatever the coaches need me to do, whatever they ask of me, that is what I'll do," he said. "I'm looking to work on my speed, strength and agility during my senior year to get ready for Tech."
While in Blacksburg today, Gee started looking at when he'll take an official visit to Virginia Tech.
"We talked about it today, but I've got to check out my game schedule and see when I have an opening or bye week," he said. "I'm going to try to make it to a couple games this year. I want to see how the crowd is because the coaches say it gets pretty wild. If I'm at these games, that'll be something I'm really going to be watching for."
In just six games last season, Gee recorded 45 tackles, six sacks and one interception.
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