Decision Day: Will Dillon Lee join brother at UGA? Or commit to FSU, Alabama or USC?

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It’s “Decision Day” for one of Georgia’s most-heavily recruited college football prospects for 2012.

Buford linebacker Dillon Lee, the younger brother of UGA offensive lineman Dallas Lee, is scheduled to announce on Monday evening whether he will also play for the Bulldogs — or pick one of his other three finalists of Florida State, Alabama and USC.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Lee told the AJC on Sunday night that he still hadn’t finalized his college decision.

“I drew up a list with my family,” Lee said. “My brother is home from college for the month of May. We have a compare-and-contrast sheet of my final schools and I’m getting ready to make my decision on Monday.”

When asked what were some of the deciding factors on his list, Lee said things such as the overall college environment and his relationship with the football coaches, while also adding, “Distance is irrelevant to my decision.”

Which school will Dillon choose? Lee said he has been asked that specific question countless times over the last week.

“I tell people ‘I don’t know.’ They try and guess. They think they know. I just tell them ‘I don’t know yet.’”

When asked if Lee had already finalized a decision on Sunday night, Lee replied, “I will know in the morning. I will know all day tomorrow. But I do not know right now.”

We asked Lee for some hints, but he politely declined.

Dillon Lee (Special)

Dillon Lee (Special)

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 nearly 20 scholarship 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. Lee said he wasn’t sure the reasons behind UGA’s timing but pointed out that he was “not offended” by it (read full article here).

Please check back to ajc.com shortly after 6 p.m. Monday for Dillon’s decision.

Now it’s YOUR turn. Which school do you think Dillon will pick and why? Please post below. Inappropriate remarks will NOT be tolerated.

RELATED

  • There is an epic discussion on the AJC’s message boards after UGA football coach Mark Richt gave his unplugged opinion on the controversial recruiting topic of “oversigning” (signing more recruits than you have scholarships available). Richt said it was awful and there’s a debate approaching “Hall of Fame” status in the comments section. Please go here to give your two cents.
  • Update on Kevin Ware: His family confirmed to the AJC that the 6-foot-4 basketball star from Rockdale County High School visited UGA on Sunday on a “day visit … just a quick sitdown.” Ware’s family did not offer any more details. Ware’s camp has maintained a low profile since all of this happened.
  • There was so much basketball stuff that happened this weekend involving Georgia Tech, UGA and Georgia kids that we created a different webpage to discuss it. Go here for more.
  • 2012 Tucker High School linebacker Jacob Sealand committed to Vanderbilt over offers from Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, UNC and others. (Read full story here)

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166 comments Add your comment

Dawg for Prez

May 16th, 2011
12:50 am

I’m sorry Georgia waited way too long to offer but Georgia is still the “state University.” Mr. Lee and parents, the state of Georgia funded your elementary, middle and high school education. You owe it to the Georgia taxpayers to play football for the University of Georgia.

LakeDawg

May 16th, 2011
12:50 am

Looks like the changing of the linebacker coach has hurt us here. UGA was late on the trigger. Lee might not hold it against UGA, but it has given other schools a chance to turn his head. I hope in the end that blood is thicker than water. He’s exactly the type of player UGA needs. Smart, talented, and driven.

renegade

May 16th, 2011
12:51 am

I could have been first but why piss off all you butt heads

TampaDAWG

May 16th, 2011
12:53 am

First? Sounds like UGA may have waited too long. Hope I’m wrong.

RAWDAWG

May 16th, 2011
12:53 am

I really hope Richt an co. didn’t blow this.

LevonDawg

May 16th, 2011
12:54 am

A good get for any of his finalists. UGA 2011-12!!!

naganole

May 16th, 2011
12:57 am

Garnet and Gold….

Ca dawg

May 16th, 2011
1:08 am

We’re a day late and a dollar short. Plenty of fish in the sea though; we’ll be ok. Hbtd!!!

jack handy

May 16th, 2011
2:08 am

Sorry fellow Dawg fans. It’s a Bama vs. FSU battle.

Large Farva

May 16th, 2011
4:21 am

If he doesn’t pick UGA and his reason is that they waited too late to offer, then we don’t want that kind of self absorbed kid playing for UGA…I’m not sure why UGA waited until May but that is not unusual. Of course it could have something to do with his run in with the law.

ToccoaDawg

May 16th, 2011
5:15 am

Nothing like playing with your brother just a few miles away from home.

FLA DAWG

May 16th, 2011
5:22 am

Dawg For Prez,
This kid didn’t wait too long and he can go wherever he wishes.
He owes nothing to the State of Georgia.
I wish him well wherever he ends up.

Destin Dawg

May 16th, 2011
6:04 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #3 large state university education.. plus big time sports ” in beautiful college town.. Athens, Ga… kids that stay in state.. close to support groups.. friends and family… do better in school and life after FB…. Go Dawgs !!!!

dawgerbrown

May 16th, 2011
6:06 am

Dosen’t look too good for the Dawgs this time. Regardless, wish him the best of luck wherever he goes. Do think it’s important for these kids to look beyond football. Most end up coming back home or staying in the state after football. Only a few end up in the NFL. So many corporations see the value of having a former DAWG reprsenting their company. The right name on a card can open doors and gain access. I’ve seen it happen all over the country. Home town boy comes home and makes good. Got to have the degree, and a successful academic record to go with the football though. Best of luck of luck to the young man regardless.

Dr. Nick

May 16th, 2011
6:17 am

Dawg for Prez—The great state of Georgia needs help bad if UGA is supposed to represent the whole state.Academically (and that’s what colleges are supposed to be for) according to US News and world report,Uga is way behind several other Ga schools.

RMikel58

May 16th, 2011
6:29 am

Well Dillon if my bigger brother was going to UGA then i’d go there, 1) He knows everyone on the team and coaches and is kinda that secondary eye’s on things that normal recruits dont see upon their visits. 2) He’d always have your back with books, scheduling, transportation etc.,
3) He knows who to hang around with and stay out of trouble and also has a vast knowledge of people that can cater to most your needs. Wish i had an older brother like that and besides the 2 of you together on the same college and football team is priceless.
Just think what stories you can tell your kids after youre married and through with sports. Plus your parents will sleep better and not worry so much if you were with your older brother. Theres more pluses than minuses here in this situation.
Theres no Tuscaloosa anymore because of the tornado’s and besides most of their players are from Alabama and there you’d have to be redshirted and maybe not even play for a couple years and at Georgia the fields wide open. Then Florida State has too many LB’s and it’d be your Junior year b-4 you got to play.
You dont want the ACC where theres no that much competition like the SEC and at Georgia the campus is better and equipped and their on TV every saturday.
Your family and friends can watch you play and not have to travel as much, i just think this is a no brainer to me…..Georgia is by far the best choice.

Bama Fan#2

May 16th, 2011
6:32 am

He is going to FSU, but why would he want to play in the ACC. He could play in the
BEST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY THE SEC FOR UGA OR BAMA.
FSU is starting to recruit the great athletes like they did in the 90’s but ACC football
is a joke to compare the SEC. RTR

RMikel58

May 16th, 2011
6:37 am

For all you Nay Sayers out there bashing Georgia for being late…….if this was the case then Dillon wouldnt even had them on his top 3 list. He’s smarter than that and im sure his brother has told him or he heard that Georgia was infact interested in him.
Just because they dont react fast enough to suit you, doesnt mean they arent interested in the kid. If i were in his shoes i’d be very happy that Georgia wants me

naganole

May 16th, 2011
6:53 am

@Bama Fan#2 Players don’t play for the conference they are in, they play for their school. And FSU made a joke of both SEC teams they played last year. Fear the spear… ;)

JB

May 16th, 2011
7:18 am

Richt. our CEO, should have been on him with an offer before May2. Bama had already jumped on an offer. That not good enough for Coach Richt? Richt runs his recruiting like the NFL, filling needs. That’s great, but when we have pause and let a top character kid who happens to be a great LB get away, is that smart? We seem to let 4 or 5 a year get away( elite types) while we mull over the situation.

[...] Sometime after 6 p.m., Dillon Lee, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound standout from state powerhouse Buford High,…. Lee is choosing between Georgia (the school his brother, offensive lineman Dallas Lee, attends), Alabama, Southern Cal and Florida State. If Dillon Lee picks FSU, he’ll join fellow Atlanta-area standout Ukeme “Markuss” Eligwe as the lone linebackers on what would so far be the Seminoles’ 10-man commitment list. Eligwe hails from nearby Stone Mountain. [...]

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 16th, 2011
7:23 am

Naganole,

Let’s be truthful here. Florida has mostly owned you for the last decade, and beating them on a down year hardly qualifies at making Florida a joke. S.C. was the sec champ in a very down year for the sec east. You probably don’t have to worry about playing them again this year.
Be truthful, at least if you are going to present your facts. FSU has a way to go yet. Do it consistently and then you can brag.

Beast from the East

May 16th, 2011
7:42 am

It Ain’t Rocket Science,
It’s totally futile trying to reason with a “Semi”. The beat the Gators in our worst season in a decade and you’d have thought they won the Super Bowl. MAJOR inferiority complex over there. Very similar to Tech with UGA.

Huntsville Dog

May 16th, 2011
7:47 am

I would be very surprised if he picks UGA from what I have heard.

mr recruit

May 16th, 2011
7:51 am

Another Buford recruit receiving acculades for attending a school that cheats to win!!!!! What a waste of time and space!!!!

chiefdawg

May 16th, 2011
7:52 am

Maybe his brother has told him what’s going on at UGA and that’s why he will go someplace else.

TennesseeDawg

May 16th, 2011
7:59 am

Bama offered a 3 year deal in the neighborhood of $125,000. Let’s see if Auburn will match it

blord

May 16th, 2011
8:06 am

Dawgerbrown you’re right Burger King is lining up to get former dogs they’re running short on cooks. The pizza companies are backing off the dogs as delivery men because of their driving records.

poopdawg

May 16th, 2011
8:06 am

chief , maybe the kid likes another school. Don’t read too much into this. Uga too late to offer , i think not. If the kid WANTS to be a DAWG he has that opportunity.

Rhall55

May 16th, 2011
8:18 am

This choice will be very interesting!!! Comments later!!!

dawgster

May 16th, 2011
8:19 am

I wish the young man well in his decision, and I’m sure the dawg haters of Coach Richt bashers will come out of the woodworks if he doesn’t choose the dawgs, and I suspect it will be someone other than the dawgs…If you want to make a case for the dawgs being late, then go ahead, but with the coaching change, and folks whether you believe it or not, recruiting is probablby 90% about coaching relationships that are developed over a period of time…With that being said, the dawgs also are limited in scholarships this year and as evidenced by Coach Richt’s and UGA policy of oversigning, we are going to be very deliberate in making offers…Yes we will miss out on some, and some of these kids who have always been the stars at their schools may see it as a slight against them…In my opinion, we don’t want those type of players anyway…As far as Dillion, I don’t believe he is that type of player and if you read his comments, he said that he did not have a problem with the dawgs being late in their offer…Sounds to me he understood, and will do whats in in best interest, and not what a bunch of uninformed bloggers think…Good Luck Mr. Lee….go dawgs

sportsrealist

May 16th, 2011
8:23 am

Was UGA too late, or is he committing now because he finally got the offer that he’d been waiting for? I think this could go UGA’s way. Either way, good luck to this kid.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 16th, 2011
8:23 am

If he loved these others schools so much he would have already commited. Why is he committing 2 weeks after UGA offered? UGA was the singular offer he was waiting on. Welcome to Athens Mr. Lee enjoy the college life with your brother.

dawgster

May 16th, 2011
8:27 am

sorry..misspelled the young man’s name…Dillon Lee….go dawgs

Bama in Atlanta

May 16th, 2011
8:28 am

@RMikel58 – pretty insensitive to say “Theres no Tuscaloosa anymore because of the tornado’s”….I know people who lost their lives there. But if you’re going to be insensitive, at least learn how to spell “tornadoes”.

SugarHillDawg

May 16th, 2011
8:40 am

Am I missing something? The guy’s WHITE. You all know UGA doesn’t have white LB’s! I bet Chase Vasser never sees any meaningful playing time either.

SugarHillDawg

May 16th, 2011
8:43 am

BTW, Bama in Atlanta, if there was ANY way we could disown RMike158 I know we would. I want to apologize for that Oxygen Thief myself.

GT hulk

May 16th, 2011
8:49 am

Any of these players that Wofford, Troy or Ga. Southern can offer so PJ can offer and get them?

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 16th, 2011
8:55 am

Don’t bash the kid for whatever choice he makes. Wish him well, because he is a success story for Georgia High School athletics and he will make the choice that is best for him. I hope he takes the school that offers him the best chance in his circumstances for a quality education. It would appear that he is more interested in his choice from a football interest than his education, but hopefully, he has his education in mind as well. He has a lot of pressure no doubt from his family, and brother but he seems like he wants to make his own choice, so let;s just wait and see.
Sugarhilldawg,
That is a bad statement and implies that UGA fills out it’s recruiting list based on color. Don’t think so. UGA, just like any other major college tries to get the best athelete at the position they need to fill, and I doubt CMR or any of the coaches on the team, care what color he is.

1953Dawg

May 16th, 2011
8:57 am

Looks like Bama and Smart&Saban decided early that there would be no more Dream Team recruiting classes for UGA. Bama will get more of the top 10 players in state of Ga. this year than UGA. Pitiful, but hey the koolaid drinkers will always have an excuse, just like their wonderful coach. Bottomline is Richt and his coaches took off a week after national signing day to relax, while Smart was in the State of Ga. getting 2 committments for Dakata Ball, and Drake the top running back. Lee will make 3 for Bama so far, hell they have more committments from Ga.kids than they do from Alabama kids. That is unacceptable, and McGarity needs to wakeup, before it it too late. No coach at UGA should ever lose 3 top players to Bama before the summer even gets here. Keep drinking that Kool-aid, it should start tasting a little more sour after tonight.

Old Dawg

May 16th, 2011
9:06 am

First… we would love to have you at The University Of Georgia. Wherever you go, Best of Luck!

Second… SugarHillDawg: Please don,t post that crap on here. UGA will recruit and play any kid that has ability and wants to compete. You should probably take your racist attitude and move on. To my brothers of color: SugarHill does not speak for ALL white people (including CMR.). I apologize for his ignorance.

Saban

May 16th, 2011
9:15 am

He`s mine. We will put him into our farm system for a couple of years and then bring him on. Imagine he couldn`t handle Athens. Something about not wanting to be a crime dawg. Also that choak dawg farted while eating a krispy kreme. Total classless.

cantondawg

May 16th, 2011
9:22 am

He sounds like he is still confused which school he wants to go to. If i were him, i would delay my decision.

1eyedJack

May 16th, 2011
9:31 am

I see GT didn’t make his final list. Al Groh must have forgot to show him his Super Bowl ring that was suppose to entrance all the recruits.

Go where your heart leads you, young man, straight out I-85.

Hunting Dawg

May 16th, 2011
9:39 am

Dawg for Prez is either the biggest idiot or has a really dry sense of humor. Don’t forget the Lee’s payed taxes to so it’s their perogative to whatever they feel is best for their kids. I would really like for young Mr. Lee to attend UGA but I think he’s headed elsewhere and I wish him the best in whatever is decision he makes for his future!

Dawg 1

May 16th, 2011
9:39 am

I agree with 1eyed Jack – go where your going to be happy

Rodney Dangerfield

May 16th, 2011
9:43 am

1eyedJack, Clemson?

Bazooka Joe

May 16th, 2011
9:48 am

The funny thing about FSU is (and I dont hate them at all)…… they were invited to join the SEC but they were chicken and opted for the ACC where they knew they could win it most years (and did for a long time). Fact is they were afraid of the competition in the SEC, and thats too bad because I think they would have been a good addition to the conference.

Ogeechee Dawg

May 16th, 2011
9:55 am

Good luck to this kid where ever he decides to attend.

There are so many good D1 prospects in the States of Georgia, Florida and Alabama – that you just can’t get them all with limited scholarships. With our depth and youth at linebacker and limited number of scholarships for this years class – this may be a reason we are not aggressively pursuing this position.

RxDawg

May 16th, 2011
9:58 am

Bazooka is right. But was it really a bad decesion for them? Would Bobby Bowden be known as the coach he is today if they had of joined the rugged SEC? Would the FSU of the 90s been as dominant?

It’s hard to say. FSU still got a lot of talent to come during their reign. Logic says they would of lost a few more games here and there if they would of battled an SEC schedule. But hey, you can’t say it didn’t work out for them joining the ACC.