One of Georgia’s top offensive linemen has committed to the reigning BCS champions.
Andy Dodd, a 6-foot-4, 325-pounder from Pepperell High School, committed to Alabama over LSU, Georgia Tech and South Carolina.
“Andy has done a pretty good job going around to all the Junior Days,” Pepperell coach Jeff Shiflett told the AJC. “A couple of weeks ago, he got an offer from Alabama and he had been praying about it. He has gone to visit Alabama a couple of times and felt like it was a very good fit for him.
“Just the opportunity to play in the SEC and for a great program like Alabama was very appealing for Andy.”
Said Dodd, “Out of all the places I visited, it was the best fit.”
It marks the second year in a row that Alabama has hit the jackpot at Pepperell, which is located in the northwest corner of Georgia – near Rome and about 70 miles away from Atlanta. Last month, Pepperell defensive end Dakota Ball signed with Alabama after being committed since the middle of his junior season.
Alabama is off to a blistering start with its 2013 recruiting class. The Crimson Tide has three commitments from Georgia, including LB Reuben Foster and RB Tyren Jones. Alabama is also considered the longtime frontunner for Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1-ranked overall prospect.
Last month, Nick Saban finished with the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class for the fourth time in five years. This past year’s haul for Alabama featured eight Georgia imports, including DB Geno Smith of St. Pius and DT Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County.
Back to Andy Dodd: Despite his enormous size, Dodd had the athleticism and quick feet to start at tight end for Pepperell the past two years. As a senior, Dodd will help out on the team’s offensive line – which is where he will play at Alabama.
“Andy has started for our basketball team at center since his freshman year,” Shiftlett said. “He’s a kid with very good feet and moves very well for 325 pounds. He’s going to have a great opportunity ahead of him, and he’s going to fit in extremely well with what they do at Alabama.”
Dodd really looked hard at LSU, Georgia Tech and South Carolina over the last few weeks. What about UGA? Dodd had not been offered by UGA. “I really don’t know the linemen they’re looking for,” Shiflett said. “I know they’ve got some offers out there. I don’t know how many they want to sign. It’s still early in the game, from that aspect.”
What was Saban’s reaction to the commitment? “He liked it,” Dodd said. “Coach Saban talked to me about what commitment means, and explained how committing to them meant that my recruiting was over. Coach Saban wanted to make sure I understood what I was doing. I did, and I’m happy with making the decision.”
Note: Nick Saban got a pay raise to $5.6 million per year on Monday.
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