Dillon Lee commits to Alabama over UGA, FSU and USC (UPDATED)

UGA OL Dallas Lee would've liked to have played in college with his little brother, but ultimately wanted what Dillon felt was the best situation for himself (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

UGA OL Dallas Lee (right, white shirt) would've liked to have played in college with his little brother, but ultimately wanted what Dillon to do what he felt was the best situation for himself (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Dillon Lee called the head coaches of his four finalists before announcing his commitment to Alabama on Monday evening.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker picked Alabama over Florida State, while UGA and USC tied for third. He called the head coaches of the respective schools (and was unable to reach USC’s Lane Kiffin).

Nick Saban’s reaction? “He was excited.” Did he have anything witty or funny to say? “No, not really. But he was really excited. I don’t think he’s the type to jump up and down.”

How did UGA’s Mark Richt take the news? “I said ‘Coach, I’m committing today and I’m not coming to the University of Georgia.’ Then I told him Alabama. Coach Richt said ‘That’s great. Coach Saban has a great program there. Best of luck.’”

Lee made numerous recruiting trips to both FSU and Alabama; He 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 — Lee’s older brother, Dallas Lee, plays offensive line for the Bulldogs. 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.

“I was very serious about Georgia,” Lee said. “My brother plays there. You know, they just came in too late. They came in real late.”

Dallas attended Monday’s announcement and said he supported his brother wherever he decided to commit. “A lot of Georgia folks wanted him to come there when he got that offer. But really that was up to Dillon. I didn’t pressure him about it. It would be cool if he would’ve come to Georgia. We’d get to play together in college. He didn’t feel like Georgia was the best place for him — so ‘Bama it is.”

Sign of the times? When Lee called each college to inform them of his decision, they both congratulated and said they would be in contact very soon. After all, a lot of things can change between now and signing day in February 2012. But Dallas isn’t expecting his brother to switch.

“I’m sure everybody will still recruit Dillon, especially with how recruiting is nowadays,” Dallas said. “People don’t think an early commitment is really where they are going [to sign]. But I didn’t change my mind after committing early, and I don’t see him changing his. He put a lot of thought into it. He’s pretty solid on Alabama.”

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Alabama commit Dillon Lee (center, black cap) joined by his Buford HS teammates, including one that may follow him across the state line (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Alabama commit Dillon Lee (center, black cap) joined by his Buford HS teammates, including one big OL that may follow him across the state line (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)


361 comments Add your comment

CasanovaFrankenstein

May 16th, 2011
6:21 pm

deal with it, georgia. Always the bridesmaid.

anijahsdad

May 16th, 2011
6:22 pm

DustDAWG

May 16th, 2011
6:24 pm

well good luck with waiting 3yrs 2 play at bama Go DAWGS!!!!!

overitalready

May 16th, 2011
6:24 pm

they can have him!!! go luck dude!

Ropedawg

May 16th, 2011
6:27 pm

But, but, but… I thought he was a lock for FSU??

CasanovaFrankenstein

May 16th, 2011
6:29 pm

but, but but… i thought his brother played at UGA? how on earth could he go anywhere else. This is GEORGIA. home of DAWGS. WE ALWAYS GET WHO WE WANT!

Georgia: joke team, joke state. Sherman should have finished the job.

Dawg Hoss

May 16th, 2011
6:32 pm

Heads should roll in Athens over this one. 20 offers and YOUR BROTHER plays for Georgia …. and NO OFFER? Maybe that “NFL” linebackers coach forgot you have to recruit in college. RIDICULOUS! #$&@$

Ropedawg

May 16th, 2011
6:34 pm

Nice try Casanova. I don’t recall any UGA fans on the previous blog claiming that he was a lock… unlike many Nole fans. Good luck to the kid…

SickandTired

May 16th, 2011
6:34 pm

Well it was as I suspected. The kid is football smart. Picked a winner coach. Bama can recruit. Georgia has no clue. They wait until the last minute and then can’t understand why he wouldn’t want to go play with his brother. That should tell you volumes right there. The ship is sinking in Athens and the kid decided he wasn’t gonna jump on that ship.

Reaper

May 16th, 2011
6:34 pm

Good luck kid. Maybe UGA will stop waiting so late to offer the top instate talent. Some say it doesn’t matter when the offer comes but, when it’s was this late it really matters. It shows a lack of interest in a player. Great player evaluating by the always late coaching staff. UGA going after top players due to limited amount of schollys. Have any of those players gave UGA verbals? Then, what guarantee do we have that we will sign them. I’m just saying.

dawggone

May 16th, 2011
6:38 pm

whenever uga loses out on a 4 to 5 star recruit they always say he wouldn’y have started at jawga anyway. You rednecks crack me up.

TampaDAWG

May 16th, 2011
6:38 pm

CasanovaFrankenstein, your an idiot. Can’t win them all. Just ask Alabama about Crowell, Rome and Mitchell. Good luck to him if he feels at home at Bama so be it. All this negativity about losing a prospect. We simply can’t get them all. Did we wait to late, maybe. Did it matter, who knows.

Dekalb Fan

May 16th, 2011
6:41 pm

Bad move he will be transferring in a couple of years. You should go play where your heart is if given the chance. Georgia will get back on top and some of these recruits will want to come back home.

SECIsFootball

May 16th, 2011
6:43 pm

Some of you UGA fans are hilarious! I love coming to this blog when a kid picks another school over UGA. Its great entertainment.

RRTDawgs

May 16th, 2011
6:46 pm

Hey congrats Bama they needed some good they had lot of bad luck with the tornado and death of a player could be some good news that UGA could get a late 2011 commit Denzeil Nkemiche brother of Robert might be added .

SickandTired

May 16th, 2011
6:47 pm

No Dekalb fan I think it’s always wise to go where your brain tells you to go. The heart will lead you down a dirt road sometimes. The Buford player obviously comes from a football family with an inside perspective on what is going on it Athens and it must not be pretty. If anybody is gonna transfer my guess it would be his brother who is already in Athens and prbably wanting out.

Blackoutanyone?

May 16th, 2011
6:48 pm

Ryan… let that be a lesson about putting too much faith in ole naganole. lol I think your handle bet is safe.

RRTDawgs

May 16th, 2011
6:52 pm

Hey blackout thanks congrats on Lee i guess all the haters will start the fired chants now .

Reality

May 16th, 2011
6:52 pm

Fran Tarkenton’s comments continue to rinbg in my ears!

KOOL

May 16th, 2011
6:53 pm

It’s OK… UGA has almost 9 months to change the young man’s mind… GO DAWGS!!

This Dawg Want Hunt!!

May 16th, 2011
6:54 pm

TampaDawg, you are a typical UGA fan that loves that koolaid that this pathetic coach is pouring. Can’t get them all is typical of all UGA fans because this coach tells them that. How about can’t get any of them as in UGA has lost the top 3 linebackers in the state, and that includes the kid from stone mountain that is a top 40 player in the country. He and the other top linebacker committed to Fl.State, and now the 3rd top linebacker commits to Bama. UGA’s coaches are jokes, and Bama and FL.St. have raped the state’s top talent for 2012 class. All UGA fans can say is can’t sign them all, or UGA doesn’t have that many scholarships for next year, bottomline is excuses are for losers, and Richt is a loser, and so are UGA fans that still buy this clown’s B.S. Funny thing about your B.S. commit is that UGA offered all 3 players, so i guess they wanted them all, unfortunately they didn’t get any of them. Richt and this sinking ship is going down, can’t wait to hear the koolaid drinkers defend this clown when he goes 0-2 this fall. I guess it will be, poor RIcht, can’t win them all.

TampaDAWG

May 16th, 2011
6:54 pm

Hasn’t been that long since UGA was winning SEC championships, when is the last time FSU won an ACC championship? We go into Florida and get recruits just like FSU and Alabama come into Georgia and get recruits, like I said why are other programs fans not mentioning Crowell, or Rome, Mitchell, or even Jenkins. Anyways, our LB core is pretty good, never like to lose a prospect but this was the position that hurts the least.

bigtime

May 16th, 2011
6:55 pm

Blackoutanyone?

May 16th, 2011
6:56 pm

Ryan…. We both know UGA’s recruiting will depend heavily on the outcome of this season. Richt turns things around and UGA will have a top 5 class. I don’t like hearing Richt is close to offering Robert Nkemiche’s brother. Most have that young man as an early Bama lean but offering his brother could change that in a hurry.

Blackoutanyone?

May 16th, 2011
6:57 pm

lol a bigtime siting!!!! Roll Tide bro!!!

TampaDAWG

May 16th, 2011
6:59 pm

We werent number 1 or number 2 but number 5 or 6 depending on which service you look at. I guess Crowell wasn’t offered by Bama and chose UGA because they are sinking, I guess the same for Rome, Mitchell, Swann, ETC. Whats funny about you morons is the kid can’t sign until Feb. He may very well change his mind, same with the other 2 LBs you mentioned. Like its a done deal, at least the players I’m mentioning will are signed and will play this year. HMM….

bamaguy

May 16th, 2011
7:01 pm

The simple fact is that there are too many good players in metro Atlanta for Georgia to get them all. Besides, some kids don’t want to play in their home state or with a brother. Make your own path, that kind of thing.

I think we are all going to do just fine. At least we are not in the ACC. And just look at THE Ohio State University and count your blessings.

Blackoutanyone?

May 16th, 2011
7:02 pm

“I told Coach Saban my decision at 4:30,” Lee said. “I made a final decision yesterday and looked at a compare and contrast sheet between both schools. Calling Coach (Jimbo) Fisher was tough, but he wished me well and told me he supported my decision.
“I like Alabama’s coaching staff and their defensive scheme, which was the deciding factor in the end. Alabama is like Buford in that football is a high priority. Everyone wants to win championships and that was a big factor. I don’t have any expectations- I want to come in and compete and do my best to help Alabama win championships.”

Lee is firmly committed to the Crimson Tide.

“I am fully committed to Alabama and not looking to change my commitment unless something major happens,” he said. “Alabama recruited me to play middle linebacker.”

lastnoleofkrypton

May 16th, 2011
7:05 pm

lol, mark richt couldnt even get a courtesy call god he sucks at this

Alabama Elephant

May 16th, 2011
7:05 pm

Nice! We are very excited to get this young man, he seems to be the total package.

Welcome abord Dillion!

Dekalb Fan

May 16th, 2011
7:05 pm

Sports is a game of emotions you play better with your heart . Alabama has had a few good years , but they have struggled against some poor teams also. They are not a dominant program they get a lot of hype because the media is in love with their history and Saban.

BlackOutAnyone

May 16th, 2011
7:09 pm

I am another one that couldn’t get in college. All I have in life is my computer. Sad me!

Un-Tank

May 16th, 2011
7:11 pm

Congrats to Dillon for not punking out and going to play sissy ball. Can’t wait to see Dallas pancake that ass on a jailbreak screen.

asa

May 16th, 2011
7:11 pm

don’t worry we got the curry kid and he caught 12 passes last year we know talent

insider

May 16th, 2011
7:12 pm

Something is wrong in old athens town things just are not the same there has to be changes and soon!

lastnoleofkrypton

May 16th, 2011
7:14 pm

whatthedawg

May 16th, 2011
7:17 pm

Good luck, Dillon. I just hope that St. Nick doesn’t change his mind and force a medical hardship or transfer on you.

dawgster

May 16th, 2011
7:18 pm

Its true we can’t get everyone despite what everyone thinks or would like and we are limited in scholarships this year, however, with that being said, it does hurt to know two of the states best linebackers are going out of state and the fact that the the dawgs couldn’t bring in the brother of a player already on the team isn’t going to set well with many…Personally, I think there are other targets at LB that are more athletic, not to say he isn’t a very good LB, seen him play several times, but we still are in the mix for others…Bottom line is that the perspective is that Bama and others are getting the top talent in the state and to be honest this year, so far, that is happening…..go dawgs

Dekalb Fan

May 16th, 2011
7:20 pm

Who is the Bama QB ?

bamaguy

May 16th, 2011
7:21 pm

Regarding dominance, Alabama has 8 National Championships in the modern era (1960 forward) under three different coaches. Florida State has two relatively recent championships in ‘93 and ‘99. Georgia?

Emotion aside, if you want to compete for a national championship, would UGA be your first choice?

Saban

May 16th, 2011
7:22 pm

Told you he was mine. Now go back to becoming the Vanderbilt of the SEC.

Maybe if you make a bowl you can play Central Florida a better game.

Rhall55

May 16th, 2011
7:23 pm

Two major factors: 1) Kirby Smart will always be getting Ga High School players for Alabama 2) Unless UGA starts winning big, they will continue to lose top tier players (UGA will get its share) to many schools such as AL, FSU, AU, etc!!! WIN BIG GAMES will result in productive recruiting: plain and simple!!!

dawgster

May 16th, 2011
7:26 pm

Waiting to hear from “featherz17″…whom confirmed earlier today that it would be FSU…where are you now?…Amazing what some people put out with the disguise of having inside info…..

RRTDawgs

May 16th, 2011
7:27 pm

Hey dawgster Markuss Elgiwe FSU commit will be in Athens this weekend also dawgs could add a late 2011 commit Denzeil Nkendmiche brother Robert we are in good shape with John Taylor and James Deloach .

bamaguy

May 16th, 2011
7:28 pm

Rhall55 is spot on. The big games get the big recruits. The Boise State game will have a major effect on UGA recruiting.

Blackoutanyone?

May 16th, 2011
7:29 pm

dawgster… you had to love the handle though. lol featherz17 I like the ones who not only claim to be insiders… but put it in their name.

GT hulk

May 16th, 2011
7:31 pm

I wish Wofford or Troy had offered, then PJ could have offered and had a shot–but at least last season, we got a ” long-snapper”

dawgster

May 16th, 2011
7:33 pm

@TampaDawg…you are correct it isn’t our biggests need but always hurts a little to lose some of the top prospects to other schools…Until the dawgs turn things around, we will struggle head to head with Bama….We will win a few and did last year, but everyone wants to concentrate on the losses….Everyone can spin anyway you like but the fact is Coach Richt and staff got Crowell and Mitchell…I remember that everyone said they were a lock for Bama, because of Saban…Well, we won that battle, but need to win some more to catch up in my opinion….go dawgs

RRTDawgs

May 16th, 2011
7:37 pm

We all need to relax just let season play out UGA needs to get off to a good start we have a lot of home games if we win some big games the recruits will give us a second look nothing is final until they sign .

naganole

May 16th, 2011
7:39 pm

@Blackoutanyone? lol, we’ll see who wins more battles straight up. Fisher got Casher out of Bama. Saban pulled Lee out of GA. Jimbo still ahead. Howe you feeling about Winston again?