Georgia Tech's coaches and fans got some excellent news today, as OL/DL Jahaziel Lee committed to play on the Flats during his official visit to Atlanta. A native of Louisiana, Lee was previously committed to Louisiana-Lafayette, but has flipped his commitment to the Yellow Jackets shortly before National Signing Day. The commitment was first reported by Kelly Quinlan of JacketsOnline.com:
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Lee stands at 6'3" and roughly 260 pounds, and hails from Ponchatoula High School in Ponchatoula, LA. If that name sounds familiar, that's because he was high school teammates with Georgia Tech QB Christian Campbell, as well as top OL target Donavaughn Campbell. (It's unclear at this point how Lee's commitment affects Donavaughn's decision, but it surely can't hurt Georgia Tech's chances that a high school teammate will be there along with his brother.)
Lee began getting extra attention from the Yellow Jackets' coaching staff following a strong senior season, and posted the following picture on Twitter a couple of weeks back after a visit to his school from Coach Johnson and Coach Bryan Cook, his primary recruiter:
This is what a yellowjacket looks like at the swamp , thanks coach johnson Georgia tech head coach for the visit pic.twitter.com/mNCPRz3yUq— BEAST MODE (@95Jahaziel) January 14, 2016
Ed. Note: We're not sure if that's Coach Johnson smiling or about to sneeze, but overactive sinuses seem a more likely explanation here.
Lee played defensive tackle in high school, although his height and weight would suggest that he'd be a better fit at defensive end on the Flats. At the same time, his listed weight rose from around 240 pounds his junior year, and continued growth could see him grow into the size more of a defensive tackle or offensive lineman. Looking at his film shows Lee to be extremely athletic for his size, moving well and chasing down plays. He also has a strong swim move, aided by some good length in his arms somewhat reminiscent of former Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson. Overall, Lee looks fairly raw, but with good instincts and athleticism that combine for some excellent potential with the right amount of coaching.
Lee is a two-star recruit per Rivals (5.2) and the 247Sports Composite (0.7678).
Congratulations to Lee and his family on his commitment to Georgia Tech!