Is Alabama in danger of losing AJC Super 11 LB Dillon Lee to UGA?

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.

Lee’s older brother plays football at UGA, and Dillon committed to Alabama over UGA and Florida State. (read more)

But, for UGA fans, it’s not exactly as it seems.

AJC Super 11 LB Dillon Lee is also a candidate to be Georgia's No. 1 overall college prospect, along with Harris County DE Jordan Jenkins and a couple of others (AJC photo)

AJC Super 11 LB Dillon Lee is also a candidate to be Georgia's No. 1 overall college prospect, along with Harris County DE Jordan Jenkins and a couple of others (AJC photo)

“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.”

Alabama-bound LB Dillon Lee (left) with his older brother, UGA OL Dallas Lee (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Alabama-bound LB Dillon Lee (left) with his older brother, UGA OL Dallas Lee (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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.”

RELATED: Buford TE Kurt Freitag has changed his mind about committing after Friday’s game. Freitag will take official visits to Alabama, FSU and Florida before deciding (click on story link)

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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nash

September 9th, 2011
12:19 am

I would love for him to flip considering how thin UGA is at linebacker and, the fact that Robinson is graduating soon but, I think this has more to do with his brother playing to school.

Memory

September 9th, 2011
12:20 am

Remember when Saban did the TV interviews, ” I’m not going to Alabama!”. At least we know Saban’s not a man of his word.

Buford man

September 9th, 2011
12:42 am

I know Dillon, and he didn’t pick the Dawgs because they were his 30th and FINAL offer, and given only TWO WEEKS before his signing, despite the fact that his older brother plays for the Dawgs. They knew about young Dillon forever. What a slap in the face. Coach Garner is lazy, his fire is gone, and he ought to be canned for this and many other recruiting blunders this year.

I'm Just Saying

September 9th, 2011
12:48 am

I don’t think Alabama has anything to worry about. Once young Mr. Lee gets a taste of how ugump fans turn on their own he will know that he has made a reasonable choice…although he could do much much better.

Seriously

September 9th, 2011
1:03 am

If Saban doesn’t keep his word, he cuts players promised schollies, he jumps jobs within 5 years, why shouldn’t Lee change his mind.

chilidawg

September 9th, 2011
1:24 am

Being so thin at LB has to help our chances with him.

7576DAWG

September 9th, 2011
1:40 am

He will not be coming to Georgia unless Saban leaves or we get a new coach that he loves. Another recruit that our coaches didn’t give the time of day to. Saban, Miles , Myers ,when he was at Florida and Chizik all attend a few high school games a week hundreds of miles away. I wonder how many our coordinators and especially head coach attends outside of Athens every week.
McGarity let Bobo take Garner with him when he leaves.

dap

September 9th, 2011
2:13 am

Will Saban be committed to him when he is hurt and Saban has another oversigned class to hide? Saban has never been “committed” and never will be.

c'mon man

September 9th, 2011
2:22 am

We NEED some linebackers BAD. And NOW there is an urgency. We need to load up.

Hopefully young Lee will fall in love with the DAWGS as he supports his big brother.

Go DAWGS!

Columbus

September 9th, 2011
3:02 am

UGA needs him thats for sure. I love the mean look in the photo! Thats what we need at GEORGIA! He might switch no matter what he says. Once something gets into your heart, its not going away and you will do what your heart tells you, not your head and wont happened before or what was said about committment and word will be secondary. The heart dont lie. He can go pro from both schools no matter who his coach is. Heck his coach at Bama would be a UGA grad. He might as well just come play at UGA with his brother instead of making it hard on his parents! Man, he has an oppurtunity to be a blessing to THEM after they have done so much for him his entire life, I would think that he will want to be a blessing to him and go to UGA so they do nto have to decide which son’s game they are going to go to. One is down the road and the other is a few hours away in that depressing state of Alabama. (I know this to be true, I live on the border and my work has taken me to many places there frequently the last 10 plus years and the rest of my life I have been in nearby areas of that sorry state….it sucks honestly, roads are terrible, rednecks like you have NEVER seen except in movies and TONS of them, terrible cars with exhaust problems, I could go on and on…) I think if he opens his heart and thinks of others instead of just himself, he will realize that he can get the same thing as UGA that he can at Bama but be a blessing to his family at the same time by going between the hedges and playinbg for his home state. UGA is going to be powerful the next few years too, on both sides of the ball. I am talking national championship contenders for several years, the next 6 at least. Saban is about ready to take a year or two off and join ESPN and enjoy some of the higest paid coach money in the nation Bama paid him to come stop the bleeding. LSU is going to the SEC title game this year so that will give them the most SEC title game appearances in the last 11 years, one more then UGA. If Bama goes they can tie UGA and LSU. If UGA goes again this year it will have 4. UGA has went 3 times, LSU 3 times and Bama 2 times in the last 10 years. Any of them can go again this year. My point is UGA is going to be strong the next several years and so is Bama. Saban is ready to leave very soon. Remember what happened before they paid him the highest contract in NCAA history? They sucked and sucked BAD, thats why they paid him that much to come. It’s a toss up. I admit that while Saban is there that he is a better head coach, but I wll say this, Richt was better his first 10 years than Sabans first 10 and Richt is at the point of where good head coaches start to win big. Heck he almost went to the NC game after 6 or 7 years but B_S picked LSU instead and we creamed Hawaii. NO coach has won a NC in their first 10 years. Richt has one of the best records in history after 10 years. better than Sabans, Dooleys, Bryants, Bowdens and equal with Paterno’s, even with the last 2 down years. And Paternos looks like the best ever for the first 10 years as a head coach. Im just sayin Richt is about to hit his prime. A soon as he calles the plays and/or gets rid of Bobo and some OL depth. And a couple more great linebackers….especially one named Dillon Lee. UGA has a STRONG tradition of brothers playing there. UGA is home… YOUR HOME DILLON!

Dont be a defector man. We could win the NC every year if the guys would stay in state instead of letting the schools from Alabama come in here and get players. Another fact backing up my point about that state, most all of their best players do not come from the state of Alabama! They dont have that many at all and certainly not good ones. They come into your home state and take away from UGA.

Man its time for that to stop. its time to have some allegiance and state pride and show the NATION WHO HAS THE BEST PLAYERS. THE STATE OF GEORGIA! But heck too many of you just go to other states and make that state look good….that is a shame….

Come to UGA with your bro and be a blessing. You can get all you need at UGA. We get linebackers in the NFL about every year. You will have a shot at the SEC and NC more than once if you are any good. Are oyu good enough to be that impact player UGA needs? or going to Bama where they might sit you on the bench most the time for 2 or 3 years because the yhave DEPTH. Redshirt? at Bama YES. At UGA, you will get significant playing time as a freshman and possibly start by the end of your freshman year, if not sooner if you are good enough. I know you just told Bama you were coming there so you……

CAN STICK IT TO THEM GOOD COME FEB! THE HECK WITH BAMA…..UGA ALL THE WAY. I want to see you cream Bama’s QB several times while you are a DAWG! You are a DAWG at heart! Dont make the huge mistake of regretting not playing for them or your state or not being a blessing to your family or playing WITH YOUR BROTHER AND TOGETHER WINNING A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT UGA AND BRINGING IT BACK TO GEORGIA, TO ATHENS, TO YOUR HOMETOWN AND TO ALL THE FANS OF UGA ALL OVER THE WORLD!

You cant meant that much if you do that at Bama. Thay have plenty of players like you and you eill jsut be another one.

WHEN YOU AND YOUR BROTHER DO IT AT UGA, YOU WILL BE A LEGEND!

Dawg

September 9th, 2011
5:33 am

The young man wants to be in a real National Championship Program, not imaginary one.

Dawg

September 9th, 2011
5:39 am

Dillon while you are there watching the DAWGS, checkout how they turn on the players when they lose, like a rabid skunk.

UGA

September 9th, 2011
5:47 am

ATHENS — Nasty backlash from the season-opening loss to Boise State prompted one Georgia football player to give up Twitter for at least a week.

footballfan365

September 9th, 2011
5:49 am

Dang columbus you are serious about this kid coming to uga, you just wrote a 1000 word essay. Relax man he will make the decision thats best for HIM.

douglas

September 9th, 2011
6:54 am

Dawg: you are really not a dog fan…must be from some other school. To say: watch how fans turn on the players/coaches, the fans at any other school (including Alabama) turn on their coaches and players when they are not winning. Bama has the best college coach around but go back and read some of the posts their fans made when they were not winning last year: they are just as rabid and passionate about their program as UGA fans are. At least UGA fans care….it’s when they stop coming to games and apathy sets in that coaches and AD’s need to be worried.

RomeDawg

September 9th, 2011
6:57 am

It would be great if he switched, however, I don’t see that happening. He’s just trying to support his brother and enjoy the fruits of all the hard work he’s done.

Anyone else find it odd that we can’t get a kid to come to UGA who lives 30 minutes away, whose brother goes there and grew up a UGA fan. #ugarecruitingfail

Dillon - These Are Not Dawg Fan Posts

September 9th, 2011
6:58 am

Look at the times most of these folks post on here (5:45am in the morning). These are not Dawg fans but Bama fans and other imposters just posting junk to get in your head. UGA and Alabama are great programs. Alabama has more National Titles but that’s also why we have an NCAA Manual (b/c thanks to Bear Bryant, his dealings to “find loopholes” in recruiting is the reason why the manual is 5000 pages long).

In other worlds, Alabama is as unethical a program historically as any program. How many coaches did that program run through prior to Saban. Alabama is a “win at all cost” program. And, the only thing Alabama (University) is know for is football. UGA, on the other hand, is known for: Athens (Vibrant city; one of best college towns), academics (#58 National University, best B school in state), REM (music scene), most beautiful stadium (SEC), and so on.

You can’t compare an diamond (UGA) to a piece of coal (Alabama).

Marine Jacket

September 9th, 2011
6:59 am

@Columbus. Was the short story really necessary??

Go Jackets!

Jason

September 9th, 2011
7:00 am

Dillion will find out this weekend that the coaching staff he has been talking to at UGA won’t even be there next year. After they lose to South Carolina, the coaching seat will get very hot. Why go to a program with a coach on the hot seat, when you can go to a program that has a solid and steady coach and program. If Dillion goes to UGA, will the new coaches have the same plan for him as Mark Richt’s staff?

tide roll

September 9th, 2011
7:03 am

Hey Dawg fans. Wait till you get a look at South Carolina’s right offensive guard and tackle. Two Georgia athletes. Rokevious Watkins, 6′5″345lb. monster from Atlanta Creekside, and 6′3″300 lb.. Marcus Campbell at offensive guard. Watkins pushed you all over Williams-Brice last year as a guard. Spurrier moved him to tackle to continue the mismatch with your marshmellow d-ends. Side by side, just like Milledgeville’s James Carpenter, and Atlanta Westlake’s Chance Warmack.(Cam Newton’s high school by the way). Side by side baby. They led us to a national title with the win over Texas in the Rose Bowl. Carpenter was an NFL 1st round pick, just like Carolina’s Rokevious Watkins will be. On behalf of all us Alabama and South Carolina, fans, thanks Richt. thanks Bobo. Keep ‘em coming! (And, incredibly you are!! Bama already has OT stud Brandon Geene committed, and South Carolina has a committment from the best OG in the state, Joe Harris). Incredible! Gooo Dawgs, Oh what’s the use. Ya’ll are hopeless.

dawgofdasouth

September 9th, 2011
7:07 am

Good luck where ever you choose,but think about it very few people have the opportunity to do something as grand as playing collegiate football with their brother.Later on in life that will mean more to you than 4 national championships.

Stickler

September 9th, 2011
7:15 am

(#58 National University, best B school in state)??

UGA is a STATE university and If by B you mean Business…then try 3rd best in the state.

auburn man

September 9th, 2011
7:16 am

ask yourself, would you play for ugs ? bwahahahaha……….no!

Recruiting

September 9th, 2011
7:18 am

Got to love the AJC’s secondary job as a UGA recruiter. Keep trying to steer players away from commitments they have already made! This is the second such article in less than a week. This type of news is low on ethics. If a player has CHANGED his commitment then it would warrant an article. Where are the articles about UGA recruits attending other universities to see a game? They too could be looking elsewhere especially with the heat wave currently in Athens that will not cease until Richt is fired. Even if he saves his job this year….any season he struggles will start the heat again now that the fans know where the stove is. What a program…What a paper…

JAWJeRDAWG

September 9th, 2011
7:25 am

Enjoying life involves making the best choice decisions for yourself, but those self-interest decisions do impact your family. And in this college-choice decision, it may be one of the most family-related ones you ever make.

But it yours, so choose wisely.and I hope you make the best decision for yourself. As a UGA fan, I hope you have a change of heart and come to Georgia and join Dallas. I know that would please him and your parents.

Tough decision for you. Hope to see you ink to the Red-and-Black on NSD. Wherever you go, best wishes on the gridiron and in the classroom. .. Go Dawgs!

NoGaGator

September 9th, 2011
7:28 am

Michael -
A couple of weeks ago you implied Mike Davis might be wavering on his commitment. He is not. Now you imply Dillon Lee is wavering. He is not. How many more articles like this are you going to write about other recruits that UGA lost out on?

Michael Carvell

September 9th, 2011
7:30 am

@NoGaGator, thanks for your comment. Any time a player committed to one school still visits other schools, it always leaves open the possibility of a player changing his mind. History has proven that repeatedly in recruiting. While I don’t see it happening with Mike Davis (Florida) or Dillon Lee (Alabama) … yet, it will happen later this year with somebody. Count on it.

Here is the Jewel of the SEC

September 9th, 2011
7:35 am

Bryant-Denny Stadium is quickly becoming one of the most prominent college football venues in the nation. Located on the southwestern edge of the University of Alabama campus, the history-laden stadium ranks among the nation’s top 5 on-campus football stadiums with a seating capacity of 101,821 after completion of the latest expansion in the summer of 2010.

Dawg Fan in Grayson

September 9th, 2011
7:43 am

Blood thicker than water….just saying.

TennesseeDawg

September 9th, 2011
7:49 am

Why would he want to go to Georgia to play for a 2nd rate lame duck coaching staff when he could go to Alabama and play for Saban and contend year after year for a NC.

rd

September 9th, 2011
7:49 am

How do you figure that Lee is flipping? He is simply going to a UGA football game. That’s it. If he wanted to go to UGA as a football player, he would tell you and me. Quit making up stories that do not exist.

Bama Fan#2

September 9th, 2011
7:53 am

Simple question would you want to play for a top 5 program or play
for a middle of the pack SEC team and I am being nice as I type this.
IN OTHER WORDS PLAY FOR A COACH WHO IS GOING TO LOSE
HIS JOB OR PLAY FOR THE BEST COACH IN THE SEC. A blind
person could tell the difference between Alabama and Georgia. RTR

JB

September 9th, 2011
7:58 am

He wants to play for Kirby Smart, He might better switch to Georgia…My personal opinion, and it’s worth 2 plug nickles, Is that if Richt is fired, Kirby will be on the list, but will be probably third, and if the first two high profile guys reject us, Kirby will be asked to come home. Reading on here all the time, that has a poll rating of about 30% OK with that, 20% would say not my first choice, but I can live with it, and the other 50% against it.

Paul N Destin

September 9th, 2011
8:00 am

Columbus is so full of it!!! If Dillion were to go elsewhere his spot would be taken in a minute by someone just as good. Nick Saban is a hard working guy and will outwork 90% of the coaches.

JB

September 9th, 2011
8:01 am

Bama fan #2……….My 18 year old son remembers when ya’ll were middle of the pack. It ain’t been that long.you guys got your act together. Who’s to say we want.

Jim

September 9th, 2011
8:03 am

He’s not that good anyway….so it doesn’t matter where he plays…gets the HYPE because he goes to Buford…..

slydog

September 9th, 2011
8:03 am

As much as GA runs in my veins and my endless love for UGA, I would recommend any male member of my family or immediate circle sign a LOI to play football there. They would be seriously under coached and will not maximize their potential under the current regime. I know that if they signed up, chances are, a new staff will be taking over during his tenure. That means starting over in the eyes of the new staff or sinking with the current one. Whether this season or next turns out “ok” for CMR and his staff, they are clearly doing less with more at this point.

JB

September 9th, 2011
8:07 am

If Georgia stinks up our field Saturday, Richt’s seat goes from hot to 3 alarm fire. Now, if he loses a hard fought game and it’s a great effort and showing, it will be a little more forgiving as SC is Loaded with a good team, and we are young and thin at many positions. It’ll be based on HOW we lose.

Big Dawg

September 9th, 2011
8:12 am

Let’s review. Would a star LB recruit want to be coached by Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, OR the Choker Grantham? Play for a well-oiled machine and National Championship caliber program, OR a talent-wasting mediocre outfit? Would love to see him stay home and play for the Dawgs, but would hate to see him waste his career unless Georgia does the right thing and changes coaching staffs. Just the truth and the truth may hurt, but it also sets you free.

Tut

September 9th, 2011
8:12 am

Columbus -

You are one deranged moron.

Bama Wama

September 9th, 2011
8:13 am

Are you UGA fans serious? How can the UGA staff have time to recruit anybody, while they should be fighting for their jobs!!! UGA has used that same tired guilt line of playing for your home state university and be close to home to lure too many good athletes to Athens to do what? Get embarrassed on National TV on the field, have your coach look like a lost deer in headlights on the sideline and make as many excuses as he could think of at the press conference. The excuses have ran out at UGA! No more administrative duties, new D cordinator in 2nd year, recruited the DREAM TEAM! If the Buford kid is smart and wants to play big time football for a NFL systemed team, go to BAMA!!!!!

Bama Wama

September 9th, 2011
8:16 am

At BAMA, they don”t recruit by promise! You earn your own way by performance. Maybe if UGA learned that, the coach would not be on the verge of getting fired!!!!!!!!!!!!

01HAWK

September 9th, 2011
8:16 am

COLUMBUS……………………………………………..How much are you selling that novel and KOOL AID FOR ?

01HAWK

September 9th, 2011
8:22 am

How many of you DAWG fans would like to switch coaches with BAMA ?

I would bet it is 90 to 95 %. Do not fool yourselves. CMR is headed to CONFERENCE USA. Probably UAB afyer he is gone from UGA.

Also when SABAN does leave it will not be like it was before when head coaches were turning the job down………………………..There will be a boat load of prime head coaches wanting that job.

One of the top 5 coaching jobs in the nation and NO………………………….UGA is not even a top 10 coaching job.

100k stadium and fans fill it up, SABAN is the highest paid coach in NCAA, and the talent at BAMA is top 5.

RxDawg

September 9th, 2011
8:23 am

I have not heard these rumors, except from the article. UGA has their LB targets now.

JAWJeRDAWG

September 9th, 2011
8:27 am

Agree, JB.

We lost the Boise State game because of poor play calling and performance. I just hope we can correct that both ways tomorrow and play more focused and for four complete quarters.

At this point this year, losing will be a little more acceptable only if we are competive and both coaches and players, give a good effort. If we do, I just hope our fans can see that and won’t boo either poor playcalling or a bad play.

I know that’s their right, but it will certainly give a poor perspective to the recruits we’ll have on the sidelines and to the player’s efforts if they’re really trying.

Hoping for the best. Now, getting ready to get on the way to see my Bulldogs play! .. Go Dawgs!

Destin Dawg

September 9th, 2011
8:29 am

Parade magazine says “” UGA #2 large State University.. plus big time sports “” in great college town… Athens, Ga.. Go Dawgs !!

Old Dawg

September 9th, 2011
8:32 am

kids that stay in State… close to support groups… friends and family…. generally do better in school and life after foot ball !!

robodawg

September 9th, 2011
8:33 am

Bama’s letting him take unofficials? Beware the wrath of Saban.

roughrider

September 9th, 2011
8:36 am

I would prefer a new coaching staff over any recruit.