Dillon Lee is a candidate to be the state’s No. 1-ranked college football prospect at linebacker for 2012.
He’s also the younger brother of UGA offensive lineman Dallas Lee.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Buford High School confirmed to the AJC that he will announce on Monday whether he will join his brother with the Bulldogs — or commit to one of his three other finalists of Alabama, Florida State and USC.
Here’s Lee on Wednesday night with quick hits on his final four:
Lee has accumulated nearly 20 offers; ironically, UGA was most recent, despite the family ties. Georgia linebackers coach, Kirk Olivadotti, called Lee with an offer from the Bulldogs on May 2. Georgia hired the former NFL assistant on Feb. 18.
What took UGA so long? Lee isn’t really sure, but said he is “not offended” by the timing. “Georgia has a great program and it is an honor to get offered by them. They had a coaching change with the linebackers coach. With a new coach coming in, I guess it slowed down their whole recruiting process at the position. I’ve been doing my best to get to know Coach Olivadotti, and help him catch up with everything going on with me.”
What about playing with his brother? And has Dallas been recruiting on behalf of the Bulldogs? “My brother is my best friend, and he has always told me to make the best decision for me. I don’t feel any pressure on me to pick Georgia just because my brother plays there. He has been very supportive through the whole recruiting process, and he said he will support whatever choice I make.”
Lee didn’t offer any hints on his college choice, but it would appear that Florida State and Alabama are the frontrunners. Lee has made numerous recruiting trips to both schools, he’s never made an unofficial visit to USC, and Georgia was the last in his stack of offers.
The only thing Lee would say about Monday is that he’s ready to get it over with. “I met with my head coach [Buford's Jess Simpson] and talked to him. I’m his player, so I run everything before by him before I do anything. I told him ‘I am getting close with a coupe of schools and I feel like I’m about to make a decision.’ He advised me to think about it for a few days and then set a date. We decided on May 16th because we’ll be over with spring practice at Buford.”
Lee is one of at least six major-college prospects at Buford, including two other elite prospects at their respective positions — offensive lineman Vadal Alexander and tight end Kurt Freitag. Buford is a dynasty in Georgia high school football, winning four consecutive state championships and counting.
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