Brother of UGA lineman will pick between Bulldogs, Alabama, Florida State and USC (UPDATED)

UGA, FSU, Alabama or USC coaches might join Dillon Lee (center) in doing backflips after the elite LB announces his college decision on Monday (AJC photo)

UGA, FSU, Alabama or USC coaches might join Dillon Lee (center) in doing backflips after the elite LB announces his college decision on Monday (AJC photo)

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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:

  • Florida State: “I really like the campus and whole environment there in Tallahassee.”
  • Alabama: “I really like what they do on defense. I like their defensive coaches and the defensive system they have.”
  • Southern Cal: “That has been my favorite team growing up … my whole life.”
  • UGA: “That’s my in-state school. My brother plays there. My whole family is Georgia fans, and I’ve been going to games there my whole life. I know a lot about them, and I’ve been trying to get to know the new linebackers coach since he was hired.”

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.

Dillon Lee (Special)

Dillon Lee (Special)

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.


  • Did UGA beat Georgia Tech to the punch by being the first of the archrivals to offer one of the state’s top college basketball prospects for 2012? (go here for full story)
  • As expected, UGA coach Mark Richt got bombared with questions at Wednesday’s Bulldog Club meeting in Greenville, S.C., about the headliner of his 2011 recruiting class, 5-star tailback Isaiah Crowell. However, perhaps overlooked were Richt’s comments on fellow recruit Nick Marshall of Wilcox County. The All-State QB signed with UGA as a defensive back (in part, to play for UGA’s basketball team, too). It appears Marshall will see time at QB in college, too. Richt told’s Seth Emerson that Marshall might see some time on offense as a quarteback in the team’s Wildcat formation — or “Wild Dog” formation, as Richt called it. “We’d stick Washaun back there or Caleb back there. It’s nothing like having a Nick Marshall back there. That’s not out of the realm of possibilities.”
  • NC State transfer Ryan Harrow finished his official visit to Kentucky on Wednesday, and said on Twitter that he will arrive at Texas on Thursday. The point guard from Walton High School has those two among his finalists, along with UGA, Louisville and St. John’s.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog


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104 comments Add your comment

The new dynasty of FSU

May 12th, 2011
2:22 am

FSU “lock” .. How about that Georgia fans? We came into Georgia and swiped the two best linebackers, Eligwe and Lee. Who RUNS this state? FSU RUNS THIS STATE!!!

Tampa Dawg

May 12th, 2011
2:24 am

Dillon, come on buddy! Join Your brother (and best friend). Help us turn this program around and bring home a Championship to Georgia. SIc’Em!

Bama Fan#2

May 12th, 2011
2:42 am

If Dillon wants to play linebacker there is only one school with better tradition
then Alabama and that is Penn St. So hope he picks the crimson tide and
best of luck where ever he goes. RTR

Score Check

May 12th, 2011
3:12 am

Satan is a master at managing his numbers.

Just hope Dillon works out for bama or as the terminator says: “Its Hasta la vista baby!”


May 12th, 2011
4:33 am

UGA has some FAST catching up to do because it certainly does not sound like UGA is in the mix…..BUT his parents can watch them BOTH play EVERY Saturday. That should be a consideration that could trump the other schools….maybe, maybe not.


May 12th, 2011
6:10 am

Nothing is better than prayer for answers …..

German Shepherd Dawg

May 12th, 2011
6:38 am

I don’t know what is worse…crowing about a “lock” you don’t have on a prospect that’s never played a down of college ball, or begging him to come to your school.

Both seem pretty pathetic.

German Shepherd Dawg

May 12th, 2011
6:39 am

BTW FSU fan,

Talk to me when you are ranked AND you can beat Miami.

I’ve seen one, but not both.

Gamecock s.e.c. East Champs 2010-2015

May 12th, 2011
6:49 am

german uga couldnt beat ucf lol


May 12th, 2011
6:56 am

“We play a pro-style offense and defense and have that kind of program, but we also teach our players. Some people protect their players and kind of coddle them. We get criticized sometimes — we support our players in every way and we have a great staff, and I’m talking about a great support staff as well — but we have a set of principles and values that are going to help our players be successful. We support them in that, but then they’re also responsible for their own self-determination. So when they get to the independence of the NFL, they can handle it and they can manage it because they’re not shocked by it.”

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram were projected first-round picks, but offensive lineman James Carpenter — projected to go no earlier than the second round — also joined them in the first round at No. 25 to Seattle. Carpenter was the Crimson Tide’s second surprise first-rounder in as many years, following cornerback Kareem Jackson, a 2010 first-round selection of the Houston Texans.

“(Carpenter) was really kind of a second-round guy, but because the guy played guard very well in the Senior Bowl, I think his versatility as a player elevated his value,” Saban said. “You only have eight offensive linemen for a game in the NFL, and somebody’s got to be able to play more than one spot.”

@ German Shepherd

May 12th, 2011
7:01 am

So is it that you didn’t have a TV in 2005 and couldn’t actually see it or is it that you’re in first grade and weren’t born? I’m pretty proud that you’re up this early and you type very well for a small child.


May 12th, 2011
7:29 am

What took the “Dogs” so long to offfer? Family, long time UGA Fans, brother, already on squad, and he is one of the best athletes in the state!!! Very, very good player!!! I am mystified by the lack of wanting to be the first to offer by UGA; good luck on this one???? Next offer Dalvin Tomlinson!!!!

Brown Dog

May 12th, 2011
7:29 am

It sounded like Alabama early. It sounds a little like FSU may have nosed ahead. Sounds like UGA is a courtesy call. Wonder why the Dawgs didn’t lift a paw for a legacy kid until May?

Beast from the East

May 12th, 2011
7:32 am

Corn Fed and Bred

May 12th, 2011
7:57 am

This is the type of players UGA needs with no charcter issues! This guy is a stud.

Fire Mark Richt!

May 12th, 2011
8:01 am

This just shows how pathetic of a program UGA has become. This kid should be a lock hands down for UGA. Please Mr. McGarity stop the beeding now!

Fire Mark Richt!

May 12th, 2011
8:03 am



May 12th, 2011
8:04 am

Please Gamecock, we’ve been hearing about how the Chickens were going to dominate the SEC since the ’80s.


May 12th, 2011
8:07 am

If we miss on this kid there have got to be serious questions asked


May 12th, 2011
8:13 am

You f’ers need to find a new hobby.


May 12th, 2011
8:16 am

This kids sounds very humble and very much like a team first guy. He would be a good pick-up for UGA. Quick question: Who was the last white starting LB at UGA? Any ideas?

Locker thieves

May 12th, 2011
8:19 am

Mark Richt rather recruit guys with zero parenting and make choir boys out of them.

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May 12th, 2011
8:21 am

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May 12th, 2011
8:29 am

After reading the quotes from this young man, it is apparent to the most casual observer that he’s very intelligent. Georgia fans that have sense just have to know that witnessing a kid with this kind of smarts, will not select Georgia for that very reason. He’s smart, plays football at a high level and comes from a county, Gwinnett, where the competition is high and the players, coaches and parents know that Georgia has become a grease fire and that’s why so many talented players no longer go to Georgia. When the change comes in Athens at the top, the players will once again be serious in considering Georgia. Right now, there’s nothing about Mark Richts program that is attractive to players that have any football sense.


May 12th, 2011
8:38 am

Just another example of how pathetic Richt and his coaching staff really are. How could UGA wait until May to offer possibly the top player in it’s own state. Oh i forgot, McGarity told Richt to take a vacation the week after national signing day. Think his quote was you and your staff deserve it. That is the problem with McGarity and RIcht. While Saban and his puppet Kirby Smart were all over the state of Ga. the week after signing day getting commitments and visiting kids, Richt and his clowns were on vacation resting. UGA will never come close to beating Bama while Saban is there, and UGA will be a middle of the pack SEC team as long as the clown Richt is there. This class will be one of the worst classes UGA has had in the past 10 years. Same thing happened in 2007. UGA had just finished with a top 10 class in 2006, and only signed 2 of the top 10 in state players in 2007, because Richt and his buddies sat back and rested. These idiots don’t realize recruiting is a 365 day job. Richt&McGarity=Dumb&Dumber!!

Dawg Consultant

May 12th, 2011
8:43 am

BirdDog, why would that matter? Not sure what that questions says about you.

Walker, Texas Ranger

May 12th, 2011
8:43 am

What took Georgia so long? Have you seen their track record with Buford players. When a Buford LB, DL or OL perform, then they will be the first. And don’t give me Omar Hunter and his career 40 tackles and ZERO sacks. Buford is a AA school with a AAAAA facility which gives them stronger teams than the AA which in turn makes their linemen and linebackers stick out more. Signed Jack Lynn


May 12th, 2011
8:49 am

If he is an elite LB, at a school not 30 miles from Athens, and we were the last to offer? What in the heck is going on over there in Athens? Are they all asleep at the wheel?

Delbert D.

May 12th, 2011
8:51 am

Off topic, but read this:

From an article by George Vecsey in the New York Times yesterday:

“Officials are allowed to count male practice players as women in reporting federal participation statistics to the Department of Education.”

Practice squad guys have to wear bras instead of jocks, I guess. Title IX seems to be broken.


May 12th, 2011
8:52 am

SickandTired your a very tired troll…your stuff is weak and old…you’ll use the top 10 recruiting classes that aren’t coached up next…CMR just signed one of the best classes in the country and of course is your twisted world “there’s nothing about Mark Richts program that is attractive to players that have any football sense.” Really give us something that makes sense..20+ of some of the brightest young players in the land just found something attractive enough to sign…sigh.


May 12th, 2011
8:53 am

Quit your bitching about UGA recruiting. Seems to have worked out okay in feb 2011. Some kids like to be different and prefer the attention( negative or positive) of going elsewhere.


May 12th, 2011
8:55 am

Sick and Tired, you are aware UGA is 1-1 against Saban’s Tide. So to say they will never get close to beating them is absurd. Lee stated from the get go he wanted to go to school out of state. So with this knowledge, how much time do you spend trying to change his mind? While doing this you miss out on another kid who wanted to stay in state.


May 12th, 2011
8:59 am

what a d-bag, usc his favorite team? wow


May 12th, 2011
9:01 am

Just like his brother, he will be deep on that bench if he doesn’t quit football @ the next level. This kid sucks & i’m sick & tired of folks who probably never played a down of football rating these average or below average kids so high and giving them so much attention. He has great size but soft with no heart.
Oh did i forget Kolton Huston from Buford?!?! where’s he deeeeeeeeep on the bench @ UGA. In closing Buford players are very overrated and will never be impact players @ the next level. NEVER


May 12th, 2011
9:06 am

I wonder if this young man will end up being one of the ones that Saban recruits and later tells him, “oh yeah, you are a grey shirt”.


May 12th, 2011
9:32 am

He looked good against those 220 lb offensive tackles in AA.


May 12th, 2011
9:36 am

Everyone is concerned about UGA’s tardiness to offer. This kid is still studying for the his junior-year final exams. he was offered 10 months prior to signing day. 80% of our 2012 signing class will have been offered after him. Most kids i know don’t even mature pyshically until they are about 18 years old.

that being said, we also have a new LB coach – which hinders the system. Complicate that with the fact he is from the NFL and lacks college experience (they don’t recruit in the NFL – so that has be learned) and we have a huge disadvantage at LB suddenly. Look at Grantham’s recruiting classes between 2010 and 2011 – it improved signifcantly.


May 12th, 2011
9:51 am

could his decision be based on his brother not playing very much? might be….I predict he will go somewhere else. dont think the family is pleased with playing time for brother….


May 12th, 2011
9:57 am

In ALL matters of opinion our adversaries are insane AND inane. This rule is perfect.

Of course, all generalizations are false, including this one.

Delbert D.

May 12th, 2011
10:19 am

Jack, you’re generally right on the mark.


May 12th, 2011
10:31 am

If family and state pride are important he will land at UGA,if not I’m not sure he would fit in.I think this past class of recruits really wanted to play for Georgia.


May 12th, 2011
10:36 am

Interesting how AJC has FSU in the running and how Beast From the East’s link to a gator site has FSU no where in sight and, in fact, put UF in its place.


May 12th, 2011
11:05 am

Hey how2fish, let me break it down for you in a simple, clear, concise laying out of the facts and let’s see if you can refute them…’s easy just say 10-6-4. Now walk with me here,,,that’s 10 years at Georgia for your boy Mark……..6 National Championships in those 10 years have come out of the SEC……..Now here’s the good part….4 Different TEAMS have won those Championships. Let’s say them Together in Alphabetical order…..ALABAMA, AUBURN, FLORIDA, LSU. Notice a team missing there? A team I don’t know let me guess….GEORGIA………..if you can just get up off your blind loyalist knees for just a microsecond you’ll realize that Mark Richt has led the nation in only one thing….arrests and sadly the Fulmer Cup isn’t something that you really want to win… win crystal footballs you need to be at ….let’s say it one more time ALABAMA, AUBURN, FLORIDA OR LSU. Heck it’s time for a raise since he signed a good recruiting class, don’t you think?


May 12th, 2011
11:06 am

“Sick and tired” was obviously under a rock during February, UGA was able to pull off another elite recruiting class even after having its worst season under Richt….


May 12th, 2011
11:10 am

Dynasty at FSU? this is a joke right? last I checked they haven’t done much since Coach Richt left.


May 12th, 2011
11:11 am

“I’ve been doing my best to get to know Coach Olivadotti, and help him catch up with everything going on with me.”

Sounds to me like this young man wants to be a Dawg…just sayin’.


May 12th, 2011
11:25 am

Hey BirdDog, Ben Zambezi ?, Frank Ross ?, Tommy Thurston ?

run the ball

May 12th, 2011
11:36 am

Bird dog I agree. Are there no white kids that can play defense in the state of Georgia? Who was the last white defensive starter. Pollack? How long ago was that. Does Richt try not to recruit white players on defense. And if so, why??


May 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

I am a little concerned about the recruiting news thus far for 2012.

We need this pickup for UGA and there is NO reason acceptable that he should not be a Dawg.

This kid is the type we desperately need. Kudos to him and his family.


May 12th, 2011
12:23 pm

FSU doesn’t run anything, a couple of recruits doesn’t equal wins, how bout winning the horrible ACC before talking smack about an SEC team