Dillon Lee, the AJC Super 11 linebacker who is committed to Alabama, created a buzz in the recruiting world this week when he set up an unofficial visit to UGA for Saturday.
But, for UGA fans, it’s not exactly as it seems.
“My commitment is solid to Alabama; I feel like it’s the right place for me,” Lee told the AJC. “I spent a lot of time and effort over the past year and half researching where I was going to go, where I fit in, and where I belong. I feel like Alabama is the place for me. No plans on switching that.”
This will be Lee’s second time attending a UGA game in as many weeks. The Buford High School football star was at the Georgia Dome for the season-opener to watch his older brother, UGA offensive lineman Dallas Lee, play against Boise State. The brothers are best friends, everybody in the family is a Georgia fan, and Dallas finally cracked the starting lineup.
What about Saturday’s unofficial visit to UGA? Will Lee be there as a recruit or simply to watch his brother play?
“It’s a little bit of both,” Lee said. “I’m not trying to say I’m going just for my brother and completely not interested in the program. I’m going there, but not expecting too much to happen.
“As a recruit that day, I will be hanging out, checking out the facilities and talking to the coaches. I like [UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti]. They haven’t been around long. When I was going through the most important part of the recruiting process, I never got to interact with them. I will probably talk to them a little bit, and talk to [Mark Richt] a little bit, just like I would at any game whether I was committed or not.”
As with any elite prospect, Lee is still being recruited by other schools despite his commitment to Alabama. He said Georgia is recruiting him the hardest. What’s UGA’s pitch? “Just that they are my in-state school, I should stay close to home and play on the same team with my brother. That way, my family can all come to the same place on Saturdays when I go to college next year. But, you know, sometimes you have to do what’s best for you.”
Don’t expect the Lee-will-flip-to UGA rumors to stop anytime soon. That’s because Saturday will be the first of many unofficial visits by Lee to UGA this season. Again, he wants to see his older brother play often in person because he won’t have the same opportunity when he enrolls in college next year.
What does Lee have to say to all the Alabama fans worried about his frequent UGA visits? “That school is 30 minutes away from my house,” Lee said. “That would like saying I have a neighbor that I don’t talk to … they are right there, and you are always going to bump into them whether you like it or not. I think the Alabama fans need to understand that I’m a man of my word and I made my commitment.”
“And Roll Tide all the way.”
How good is Dillon Lee? You be the judge. Buford plays Yulee (Fla.) High School at 8:30 p.m. Friday on ESPNU. Yulee is led by 2013 running back Derrick Henry, who committed early to UGA this past summer. Click on the video below to see Lee …
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