Dillon Lee’s courtship with UGA is over

AJC Super 11 LB Dillon Lee is also a candidate to be Georgia's No. 1 overall college prospect (AJC photo)

AJC Super 11 LB Dillon Lee is also a candidate to be Georgia's No. 1 overall college prospect (AJC photo)

UGA’s courtship with AJC Super 11 LB Dillon Lee is apparently over.

Lee, who is a candidate to be the state’s No. 1 overall prospect, committed to Alabama over UGA and Florida State last spring.

There was rampant speculation that Lee would consider flipping from Alabama to UGA due to famiy connections — his older brother plays offensive line for the Bulldogs. The younger Lee attended most UGA games this season, and developed a friendship with the Bulldogs staff, particularly LB coach Kirk Olivadotti.

Also working in UGA’s favor were rumors that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart may be hired away by another school. Those rumors have quieted.

Lee reportedly considered making a visit to UGA last weekend to join his buddy, Stone Mountain High School linebacker Markuss Eligwe (he’s another AJC Super 11 selection, and committed to Florida State). However, Lee did not make the trip, with his Buford High School team playing for last weekend’s Class AA state championship

What about visiting UGA this weekend or in January? Lee has decided against it, according to his family:

“Dillon is honored by the recent recruitment from Coach Olivadotti, and we believe that if his message had been delivered all along, he would be enrolling at UGA, due to his brother playing there and the long-standing family ties.  However; he is anxious to get to Tuscaloosa and play for the Crimson Tide.  He will begin class on Jan. 10.”

RELATED: Meanwhile, Alabama did lose one to Georgia Tech this week. QB Justin Thomas, who was committed to the Crimson Tide for a year, flipped to the Yellow Jackets (click on story link)

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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232 comments Add your comment

Bad Dawg

December 15th, 2011
1:18 am

Unbelievable, kid wanted to play in Athens with his brother all along but the coaching staff was too slow to offer and now he’s rolling with the tide. Oh well good luck to the young man in Tuscaloosa Go Dawgs!

Dawg IX

December 15th, 2011
1:31 am

We blew this one. There’s no way around it. Poor job of recruiting by Coach Garner. We knew about Dillon forever, his brother is a Dawg, and Buford is 30 miles from Athens, yet we were the LAST of his 25+ offers before he picked Bama. I guess we got lazy after signing “The Dream Team” last year. We simply got outworked by Alabama here. I hate it for us, but Best wishes to Dillon.

Duluth Dawg

December 15th, 2011
1:45 am

No big loss here. When we played Buford this year, I had to asked what number Dillon Lee wears. I was not impressed at all with his play. My opinion is that Dillon is very overhyped. Time will tell, but I ma glad Lee is Bama bound. This being said, good luck, and I hope you make the one year tryout at Bama. My guess is that you will be transferring a year or two from now.

Dawgs97

December 15th, 2011
1:51 am

More negative recruiting against us by Kirby Smart – sickening. But this one is squarely on the shoulders of former UGA assistant, Warren Belin, who apparently “wasn’t interested
in Lee. Wait, Saban and Smart were but we weren’t? Glad that idiot Belin is gone. That’s what we get for hiring a coach from Vandy.

slydog

December 15th, 2011
2:07 am

And you CMR lovers said these late offers and taking the state’s best players for granted means nothing? Please. And I know the smart alecks are going to say “This kid might suck for all we know….blah blah blah.” Well, most of these young men will not turn out to be good or great football players anyway. UGA gets a lot of good players. Just not a lot of great ones. Or should I say performs at the highest levels on a consistent basis. There, that sounds neutral.

slydog

December 15th, 2011
2:09 am

Already, somebody is calling him over hyped. People actually said that about Jadaveon Clowney because he signed with South Carolina. And no, Lee is no Clowney by any stretch.

DuluthDog

December 15th, 2011
2:10 am

Make sure to pickup some tasty snacks to eat while you watch Alabama in the title game in January from your plastic covered couch in your trailer. Hope your rabbit ears on the tube work that night.

42-10… DAMN, that’ll leave a mark!

Dawg48

December 15th, 2011
2:12 am

If the kid wanted to go to Georgia, he would have went to Georgia.

Good luck though!

Satan

December 15th, 2011
2:23 am

Welcome to the Tide Nation.

You better pan out or I will run you out on a rail. (M-E-D-I-C-A-L H-A-R-D-S-H-I-P)

BTW: Don’t collapse in the locker room or I will walk right over you.

dawgforlife

December 15th, 2011
3:04 am

did UGA drop the ball on this one?…yes…is Lee overhyped? not in most places I have seen, but definitely, in this article…let me explain…First let me say, Dillon Lee is a very good player I would love to have; however, I follow recruiting very closely. Lee is somewhere between 10 & 20 of the players in Georgia on every recruiting site I have seen. But, let UGA drop the ball, let their courtship of him end, and the AJC bias for the “North Avenue Trade School” home team kicks in full blast. The paper never referred to him as the “potential” best player in Georgia until this article. It was done to overinflate the importance of losing him as a little extra poke in UGA’s ribs. Lee is a great player. UGA definitely dropped the ball; but, only in this article is he in the running for best in Georgia.

dawgforlife

December 15th, 2011
3:15 am

for example….Scout has him at 11…and MaxPreps has him highest at #93 nationally and #7 in Georgia…but, have his teammate Vidal Alexander rated #54 nationally and #2 in Georgia…so, in essence, he has the potential to be the #1 recruit on his high school team…which at Buford is high praise to be sure.

Michael Carvell

December 15th, 2011
3:16 am

@dawgforlife, no, we have referred to Dillon Lee as a candidate for the state’s No. 1 prospect before in the AJC. Google it, if you like. He remains a candidate. He is the only Buford player that was picked the AJC Super 11.

Mountain Dawg

December 15th, 2011
3:35 am

We only want the guys who WANT to come to Athens and be a DAWG. Therefore, this guy is better of being a Troll Tide. Besides, we already have the better guy of the Lee bros.

Marktwain265

December 15th, 2011
3:35 am

Coach Belin knew what he was doing which is why he is in the NFL right now. Our special teams has suffered since his departure. We loss Lee in our delayed transition to a new linebackers coach.

CRO-MAGNON MAN

December 15th, 2011
3:52 am

Not so sure this is such a great loss. Didn’t look to have great foot speed vs Calhoun. Good luck to him anyways.

Michael Carvell

December 15th, 2011
3:53 am

@CRO-MAGNON MAN, are you talking about last week’s Calhoun game? Dillon Lee played very well, and returned fumble 40 yards for a game-tying TD at the end of regulation.

Throw me a bone

December 15th, 2011
4:02 am

OMFG! UGA YOU REALLY MISSED THE BOAT HERE. THIS GUY LOOKS LIKE AN ABSOLUTE STUD! HIS BROTHER IS THERE…. I LOVE COACH BUT THIS ONE HURTS. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! JUST LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES.

THIS GUY PLUS REUBEN FOSTER WILL BE ABSOLUTE TERROR. SMFH, SO DISSAPOINTING

Throw me a bone

December 15th, 2011
4:05 am

Forget the rankings…… Look at you tube

Throw me a bone

December 15th, 2011
4:08 am

If he were black he’d be ranked higher lol…. real talk

poopdawg

December 15th, 2011
5:29 am

If Lee wanted to be a DAWG he could have been one. No bad mouthing of UGA coaches should occur due to his desire to be offered earlier. Maybe Saban will renew his scholarship next year also. Good luck Lee.

Joe

December 15th, 2011
5:47 am

Good luck kid. I just hope for your sake that you never get injured or don’t turn out to be the player that Bama hoped you would be, because if either of those things happen, you will get your scholarship revoked.

Could have stayed home, been well taken care of and never had to worry about a thing the rest of your life. Hope it works out for you.

dmr

December 15th, 2011
6:19 am

Lee is a very good player. However, Georgia recruits on an as-need basis. Look at Georgia’s depth chart. I’m not saying having Lee wouldn’t be great, but look at the facts. Georgia is loaded with talent at the LB position and a lot of it is young talent. Georgia has much more pressing needs for this class. RB, OL, DL, DB, and you have to replace both kickers.

Looking at the landscape so far, Georgia looks like they are really focused on need. The one LB that Georgia has listed as a verbal, may not become a Dawg for one reason or another. However, it looks as though the staff is doing a great job in building depth where it matters most for this program.

Coaching staff realizes that protecting Murray and giving Crowell and Samuel added help (ah la LSU – four headed monster), that Georgia’s offense can be even better. Given the state of our defense, if the offense gives a little more and we improve on special teams, this team could be hard to stop going forward.

Good luck!

tenn.DAWG

December 15th, 2011
6:22 am

Would liked to of seen him play for the home team and with his brother,but prefer players that really want to be a Dawg.Hope he does’t fall prey to the Sabanisms.

Mountain Dawg

December 15th, 2011
6:25 am

dmr

Excellent points! Kudos!

Tide Nation

December 15th, 2011
6:25 am

Hey, don’t treat these kids and their parents like they’re imbeciles. This kid wanted to play where he has the best chance at being coached up to his potential and exposed to the national stage. He chose Bama. There’s a message, but I wouldn’t put it all on the coaches. A national program is hard to recruit against.

dap01

December 15th, 2011
6:26 am

He probably saw the vehicles that Richardson is driving and decided to stay. I hope Dillon is not STEPPED over by Saban. I hope he is not the victim of the oversigning in the future.

Observer

December 15th, 2011
6:29 am

Enough sour grapes here for a case of Boone’s Farm wine .

G'Vegas Dawg

December 15th, 2011
6:35 am

He’ll be back after Saban gets done with his “roster management”.

slydog

December 15th, 2011
6:35 am

@Throw me a bone

December 15th, 2011
4:08 am

If he were black he’d be ranked higher lol…. real talk

Do you realize what you just said? Here is some real talk for you. Most of the best athletes in any sport are Black, Duh!!!! I beg to differ. If he were Black, he would get lost in the shuffle. Without getting into this too deep, Tim Tebow of all people stands out as a white QB who runs the option very well. Guess how many Black QB’s have ran multiple offenses to perfection and NEVER, NEVER, saw the love Tebow is getting. Why? No coach or GM would risk their careers for a Black QB if he couldn’t do a seven step drop. But ironically, Tebow has just raised the draft stock of RG3 and Denard Robinson. Him being a good white football player at Linebacker helps him stand out. This takes nothing away from his ability. Think of the overated (but great) Brian Urlacher.

solid

December 15th, 2011
6:37 am

I think the Lee kid was a very good high school player. I do not see him being a great collge player. I do not see him getting that much bigger. This kid was exposed to a great weight program and nutrition. it is not like the kid is a tall lanky hybrid type LB, that has the body frame potential to grow into a player. However, physically he will be ready as a freshman. I know Saban and his staff will do a job maxing Lee potential. I dont think he was better than Vasser athletic wise coming out of high school. To me watching him on tv, granted in limited action, he seemed to be somwhat stiff and self made in the weightroom (good for him) but not real natural. Not a huge loss for the dawgs. He is not like the LBS that the dawgs lose to LSU a few years back

slydog

December 15th, 2011
6:38 am

@dmr

Our offense needs help? We either need a new approach entirely, which means CMR turning the offense over to someone new completely. Or CMR needs to go back to calling the plays. More toys does make playcalling easier, but not dumb play calls.

Wally My Butts

December 15th, 2011
6:40 am

Let him play for Bama. I detect some sour grapes in his message in that he didn’t get enought attention. UGA’s recent (prior to this year) problems have all come from guys who felt that they didn’t get enough “love”. No prima donnas needed on this “team”.

Now, if he had the same attitude and work ethic as Jarvis Jones, I would consider it a huge loss (even though Jarvis wandered off to USCw for a year-who knows maybe Dillon will transfer in a year). Hope that his parents get to see some of his games as his older brother is a starter for UGA and the university is 30 minutes from his home. Tuscaloosa, not so close.

solid

December 15th, 2011
6:45 am

He is not a natural athletic like Jones. Not as near as fluid starting and stopping as Jones. Guys, do not every get upset about losing a LB, even he is just down the road. They are a dime a dozen. You can take a high School DB who has the frame and can run and redshirt the guy and get him on the training table and in the weightroom and he can play FB. Skill kids are the ones I hate to see lost

slydog

December 15th, 2011
6:47 am

Why is it when a kid doesn’t receive enough attention, he is described as sour and not getting enough love. Folks, you don’t go after the one who barely speaks to you. While I agree somewhat to the fact that if he REALLY wanted to be a dawg, he would be, it negates one thing. If a coaching staff barely recruits you and you still sign, they have absolutely no allegiance to you; almost like a walk on who showed up for tryouts instead of one of the coaches requesting that you walk on…lol. On top of that, look at UGA’s LB position. LOADED!!!. You only step into that situation if you are being heavily courted.

Michael Carvell

December 15th, 2011
6:48 am

The one thing I’ve never understood on these message boards is when people say “If (pick a player) would’ve really wanted to go to X school, then he would’ve.” What if that player didn’t have an offer from X? Is he supposed to tell the other schools that have offers on the table to “hold on” because he is hoping and waiting for the offer from X that may or may not come? That’s just not the way recruiting works … More specifically on Dillon Lee, UGA knew about him forever. They were the last of his 24 scholarship offers. The new LB coach gave it a good run. It didn’t work out. Lee goes to Alabama, and UGA goes after somebody else.

slydog

December 15th, 2011
6:52 am

Please don’t shoot the messenger, but it’s funny how “some” white fans on here are saying this kid isn’t naturally athletic, slow to accelerate, results of the weight room, and stiff, etc., etc., etc….lmao. Now isn’t this self-discrimination?…lol. Some of you people kill me. If dude would have flipped, his athletic abilities would never be questioned, at least by Georgia fans.

solid

December 15th, 2011
6:52 am

Bottom Line, he was a good player, in state, from a high profile program, with a brother at UGA. That is the attnetion he is getting and the knock against UGA. I dont blame the UGA coaches for not treating this guy with the VIP treatment. Good luck Lee, you will play for a great head coach and program, but not a lose for UGA, again for the reasons I stated earlier. UGA needs playmakers on offense. More competition at the RB position and some more young DBs

solid

December 15th, 2011
6:59 am

Nothing to do with color, in my opinion the kid has potential, but he came from a program that had great resources. Good for him. I have seen hundreds of athletes from high schools over the years that had horrible weightrooms, training programs, and eat terrible at home, and no money for supplements, but were athletic, without the benefits of a college type of program. No brainer Lee has talent. I could NOT care where he goes. My point was and is, not a big deal that Lee went to Alabama. UGA will find other LBs.

sportzfan

December 15th, 2011
6:59 am

I find it quite amazing how many different idiots can post on one article.

Mat"T"

December 15th, 2011
7:00 am

Just glad he didn’t throw his College experience away by going to the Bulldogs.

bucket

December 15th, 2011
7:05 am

Come on guys, let’s get real. UGA only has a limited number of scholarships. Dillon is a great player and I wish him nothing but the best, but do you really think that UGA’s future is doomed because of one player? I for one am sick about all this “UGA disrespected me by not offering first” crap that we hear all the time from players, coaches, and sportswriters. That kind of attitude is what is wrong in the current culture and is what led to the big brawl in the Xavier vs. Cinn game last w/e. If a player receives an offer by the time their senior year rolls around (and Dillon did) that is plenty of time for them to make an informed decision about college. If Dillon wanted to come to Athens he had an offer in hand in plenty of time to make that happen. Our current LB coach has been telling Lee for a long time that he was wanted at UGA and that didn’t change his mind. So good luck to the young man and let’s keep recruiting the guys who want to come to UGA.

solid

December 15th, 2011
7:05 am

Welcome to the club

Blackoutanyone?

December 15th, 2011
7:06 am

Lee’s recruitment has been over for a long time. If losing Dillion Lee rubs you wrong, you may want to brace yourself. Saban is about to take Jordan Jenkins and the top two prospects for 2013. Roll Tide!!

The Fake GSU

December 15th, 2011
7:07 am

How can a kid whose brother plays at Georgia be so lazily recruited by my Dawgs?

Dream Team

December 15th, 2011
7:10 am

no big deal–Ga has plenty of talent at this position. Richt’s building another dream team. Dawgs win the SEC in 2012–book it!

lagadawg

December 15th, 2011
7:14 am

Let’s not forget that Saban offers every decent football player that’s got a pulse, he knows if they don’t work out he just sends them packing.

Special K

December 15th, 2011
7:14 am

Never doubted this a bit. Kid was never going to GA. I heard posts on here saying it was in the bag, done deal, guarantee it. Now what. We have crow folks.

TampaGator

December 15th, 2011
7:18 am

Some of you Dawg posters are almost laughable……if this kid had switched to Georgia, he would have transformed the Bulldogs to the become the greatest teams in history. Since he didn’t do that, he immediately becomes an “overhyped white guy like Tim Tebow” who can take “his whiney a$$ self to Bama”……. One of the reasons I keep coming back to read these sites (and post), is just to have a big belly laugh at least once a day.

Special K

December 15th, 2011
7:20 am

Agreed Tampa.

Mama don"t let your babies grow up to Dawgs

December 15th, 2011
7:20 am

too bad little dawgies