Georgia OL commits to Alabama over LSU, Georgia Tech and South Carolina

Nick Saban built Alabama's No. 1-ranked recruiting class for 2012 with eight of Georgia's top recruits. Saban appears to be raiding the state again with three early 2013 commits (AP)

Nick Saban built Alabama's No. 1-ranked recruiting class for 2012 with eight of Georgia's top recruits. Saban appears to be raiding the state again with three early 2013 commits (AP)

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.

Alabama-bound OL Andy Dodd

Alabama-bound OL Andy Dodd

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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354 comments Add your comment

Chi Town

March 26th, 2012
1:43 pm

Lord Saban wins again.

Sure the mutts will offer soon now since Bama offered.

Special K

March 26th, 2012
1:49 pm

Let the bashing begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MH

March 26th, 2012
1:50 pm

Good get. The Tide will need OL after next year when they will likely have 3 OL drafted in the first two rounds (B Jones, Warmack, Fluker).

Randall "Pink" Floyd

March 26th, 2012
1:52 pm

Congrats to Andy. UGA’s priorities inside are Kublanow and Cardiello. Then at least two pure OTs.

HighTech

March 26th, 2012
1:53 pm

Rome, GA is in the northwest corner of the state.

Good luck to the young man wherever he goes.

Go Jackets!

Angry Dawg

March 26th, 2012
1:53 pm

As a UGA season ticket holder for 33 years, this disappoints me. Our greatest need is for offensive linemen. If Nick Saban offers an in-state kid, then UGA ought to be all over him. Our coaches, especially Coach Garner, are lazy and asleep at the wheel. I’ve talked to a couple of high school coaches and they all say the same thing about UGA ….. if it’s a local kid, UGA thinks they can wait late to offer and the kid will trip over himself committing there whenever it comes, no matter how late, just because it’s UGA. Well, they are wrong. Those days are long gone. How can Carl Lawson be from here, get 28 offers and not one from UGA before committing to Auburn? Are you serious? How many offers does it take for somebody in Athens to wake up? 30 offers? 40? It’s the same story every year with our coaches. Coach Saban just out-works us and it’s as simple as that.

outkasted

March 26th, 2012
1:53 pm

out of 300 prospects in ga and bama gets 3 and is treated like he got all 300… lol

footballfan365

March 26th, 2012
1:54 pm

In 5,4,3,2,……. The haters are going to talk about how Richt let a player leave the state although he didnt have an offer and ignore the fact that tech offered and cpj couldn’t close the deal

dentaldawg

March 26th, 2012
1:54 pm

Why didn’t he pick Tech? Diving at defenders knees is fun!

WnE

March 26th, 2012
1:55 pm

I’ll beat the rest of the GT fanbase to the normal list of excuses:

He was scared of GT’s Academics……..

He didn’t want to study hard………..

CPJ never really offered and the Recruit & MC are lying to make GT look bad…….

He’s not that good, after our coaches at GT know more about recruits than some recruiting service……

Nick Saban cheats and gives all his recruits bags of cash & Escalades………

Seriously, when is GT going to beat out someone other than Wake, Dook, Elon, MTSU or the usual low level D1-A or D1-AA school for a Recruit?

GT FB is going nowhere fast!

I wonder why no decent Recruits want to play for a guy that the GT fanbase call a “genius”?

Home of the Champions

March 26th, 2012
1:56 pm

Welcome to the Capstone, Andy. Home of the Champions. You will be prepared by the best in the business to win championships in college and be successful at the next level. RTR !!!

The truth!!

March 26th, 2012
1:58 pm

Why hasn’t UGA offered this kid? I will tell you why. In the beginning of a new class each year, Rodney Garner works strictly off recruiting rankings. He’s lazy. On under the radar kids like Dodd, Garner wants to get them into summer camp before making his own evaluation. The only problem with that is by the summer, many of the top juniors have committed. UGA doesn’t care because they think with a Georgia kid they can offer late still flip him. That worked well with Brandon Greene and Dillon Lee, didn’t it?

Coach Saban doesn’t care about rankings or who else is a recruiting a kid. If he likes someone, he will offer and accept the commitment on the spot. That’s why he dominates Georgia.

UGA Lee

March 26th, 2012
1:59 pm

He must not pray enough for Coach Richt … because Richt is an honest Christian

kingdaddy

March 26th, 2012
2:00 pm

Andy Who? LOL… Richt’s on the ball people. The Doggies will survive without Mr.Dood. All you tools that will be coming on here saying UGA LOST ANOTHER ONE get a life. Congragulations Andy, hope you have a good career at Alabama. I look forward to all Ga./Ala.games…

FL Jacket

March 26th, 2012
2:01 pm

HAHA @ WnE

Seriously…are you going to act like an ICE hole after EVERY recruit that doesn’t sign with GT? We can only sign 15 this year. Does that mean we’re going to hear you and your FAKE DRIVEL for 150-200 times every time a story comes out about another local player that didn’t sign with Tech?

I think GT Football will survive without Andy Dodd…and so would Alabama.

Tossed Salad

March 26th, 2012
2:02 pm

Fish Fry offered but didn’t pursue real hard because he has to remain selective. Remember, the Tech class will be small this year.

LMAO.

Chris Rock

March 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

Haters gonna hate!

Grantham's The Man

March 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

Good luck to Andy Dodd. I hope Saban will really honor his pledge of four year scholarships but I’ll believe it when I see it.

I just hope Mr Dodd doesn’t get cut and have to start all over again. Something tells me that Saban will continue to find a way to kick some players to the curb. Who really believer he really wants to let go of the oversigning advantage?

ECDawg

March 26th, 2012
2:05 pm

Congrats to Andy. Just be sure not to get hurt before signing day, or “Home of the Champions” will pull your offer……….

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
2:06 pm

Might be because anytime a decent player decides to attend GT, he gets stalked on Twitter by the rather “eccentric” part of our fanbase, WnE.

Bama Fan#2

March 26th, 2012
2:06 pm

Alabama needs Offense Line prospects for nextr year and the following year!!
RTR

kingdaddy

March 26th, 2012
2:08 pm

GT
All I can say is at least you lost the recruiting battle to bamma and not Mayberry J.C. Anyone know where he was rated???

harold

March 26th, 2012
2:09 pm

SABAN GETS PRACTICALLY EVERYONE HE WANTS IN GEORGIA. NICK SABAN IS A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH AND ALABAMA IS A CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM. SABAN AND THE TIDE DON’T “DREAM” THEY DO.

UGA IS NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM. ONLY TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE HISTORY OF GEORGIA FOOTBALL WHILE NICK SABAN HAS THREE HIMSELF!

RICHT CLEARLY IS NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH. HE HAS NEVER EVEN BEEN IN THE BCS TITLE GAME AND THE GEORGIA FANS ARE CONTENT WITH BEING “SECOND FIDDLE” TO SABAN AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA!

ALABAMA HAS 13 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. NO DREAMING HERE!

DIT

March 26th, 2012
2:10 pm

Guys, it gets old reading people continuing to rip into Saban and the way he recruits. I think it’s a bad way to recruit as well. I don’t agree with it. However, all of the kids that committ know the chance an offer could be pulled.
Saban does not hide the fact that he pulled some offers. It’s like “Buyer Beware” instead it’s “recruited Beware.”
Can’t blame Saban anymore. IF, it happens again I put the blame on the kid & family.

Truth

March 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

The kid will never sign with Alabama. He is only a 3 star. Saban has to many offers out to higher rated linemen.

MR is a Hypocrite

March 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

I hope there is a space for him when he gets there! if Saban sees someone better, he’ll be offered a scholarship in 2021

nh gamecock

March 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

Haha good luck and play hard. Don’t worry about what others say, why not commit to a school that just won a title. Ooo sorry since you from ga ppl want you to stay instate.

footballfan365

March 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

FL jacket we all understand tech wont sign a full class but do you not expect cpj to go after the very best players? I can understand him passing on kids who are viewed as projects but this is a 300lb tackle

coachx

March 26th, 2012
2:14 pm

What is the over – under on GT getting their 1st committ before the season kicks off ?

I know 5′11” defensive backs are lining up to play QB for GT…………LOL

A person SMART enough to know......

March 26th, 2012
2:15 pm

He will be an Academic All American in the SEC…the Special Education(short bus) Conference.

Dawg48

March 26th, 2012
2:15 pm

George Stein
March 26th, 2012
2:06 pm

Might be because anytime a decent player decides to attend GT, he gets stalked on Twitter by the rather “eccentric” part of our fanbase, WnE.

I love to follow recruiting it’s fun and entertaining, but any grown man that follows 16 and 17 year olds on Twitter has a few screws lose in there head. I may understand it if you work for ESPN , 247, scout or other recruiting sites. But for grown men to spy on kids is a little freaky.

The Truth

March 26th, 2012
2:15 pm

I think Mutt fans get nervous when Saban takes one that nobody has talked about that much. It is especially evident when the Mutt fans pull out the oversigning excuse when they have nothing else to hang their hat on. It is also funny that Saban is the only coach that kicks players to the curb as “Grantham’s The Man” so cleverly pointed out in his post. Georgia has lost so many players lately that it is hard to remember them all. I am sure they all “prayed about it” and left as it was the Christian thing to do. It sure is funny to read all these Mutt fans posting on an Alabama blog…..oh, this is the AJC, I forgot.

DawginLex

March 26th, 2012
2:16 pm

“SABAN GETS PRACTICALLY EVERYONE HE WANTS IN GEORGIA”

Really?

Crowell
Drew
Mitchell and a bunch of others laugh at your douchebag comments.

200 D-1 players sign every year out of the state of Georgia

Richt averages getting 18-20
Saban gets about 5

A lot of other schools get the rest.

Special K

March 26th, 2012
2:18 pm

Why all the pup trolls on this BAMA story???

DawginLex

March 26th, 2012
2:19 pm

Good Lord, y’all are stupid

Mutt fans?

Get some new material.

200 players sign scholarships every year from Georgia

God y’all are stupid

A Father

March 26th, 2012
2:20 pm

Tray Matthews 50/50.

why would any Off Lineman come to GA. We have had terrible QB play for 3 years, and everything is blamed on the Off Line. We will have to watch another 2 years of bad QB play while we continue to here bad O Line play and we are young, More excuses

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
2:20 pm

No doubt, 48.

The secret to Saban’s recruiting success is obvious. He is taking all the players to eat at Archibald’s, and the players are helpless to say no. If any of y’all have been there, you’d understand why.

Burdell

March 26th, 2012
2:21 pm

I agree Dawg48, but WnE is one of yours…it’s really scary when you think about it.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 26th, 2012
2:21 pm

Hale County, Alabama -

“The Hale County Sheriff’s Office says they are searching for at least one gorilla. A gorilla was last spotted near a store on County Road 61 in Newbern.
A dispatcher with the Sheriff’s Office said a crew consisting of the Newbern Volunteer Fire Department, police department, as well as Sheriff’s deputies were searching for the animal.
Currently, it is unknown how many are loose or in what direction they are headed.
ABC 33/40 has a crew in Newbern and will provide more information as it becomes available.”

I swear it’s been five years since I’ve even been in Alabama. This “sighting” was only 40 miles from Tuscaloosa. Those people are bananas over there. Mr. Dodd, at 6-foot-4 and 325-pounds better be careful or he might get himself darted. All gorillas must look alike to them rednecks.

Nick Saban, who works 24/7/365, has already offered a greyshirt for 2013, without even reviewing the gorilla’s film or checking his high school transcript or SAT .

kingdaddy

March 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

Some of you Bammers sound like you may be up for a little MAN-LOVE with your idol, Saban. Some of you worshippers need a life. You sound a little unhinged…

A person SMART enough to know......

March 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

George I thought is was Dream Land BBQ and they sit in Bear’s old booth looking at the old photos of players. LOL

Dawg48

March 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

Father I hate to break the news to you they do not play, 1 Mississippi 2 Mississippi 3 Mississippi in SEC football. The O Line does effect QB play.

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
2:25 pm

If he’s taking them to Dreamland’s over Archibald’s, SMART, then Saban is recruiting below what he should be!

BigTimeTechFan

March 26th, 2012
2:26 pm

Key was playing time, he knew he had a better shot at starting at Bama the OL at Tech is way better.

Grantham's The Man

March 26th, 2012
2:26 pm

@ Harold. Ever hear of Brice Ramsey or Shaq Wiggins. These are just the latest to turn Saban down. Saban wanted almost every player on the Dream team. How did that happen?

Dream on….

Just looked up Andy Dodd on Scout who list him as a NR and Rivals who list him as a three star. I hope this kid is smart enough to keep his options open. How many three star players who commit before the last week does Saban keep around?

There’s atleast a 60-40 chance that Saban pulls his offer, if not two weeks before NSD then after about a year in the program.

Good luck Todd, better keep those options open because Saban sure as hell will.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 26th, 2012
2:27 pm

Burdell….WnE is also Thomas Brown and BuLLdawg. I don’t think he is anybodies. I don’t think his own mom claims him. He probably criticized his dad’s love making of his conception and his mom’s delivery too.

HighTech

March 26th, 2012
2:27 pm

Dawg48

March 26th, 2012
2:15 pm
George Stein
March 26th, 2012
2:06 pm

Might be because anytime a decent player decides to attend GT, he gets stalked on Twitter by the rather “eccentric” part of our fanbase, WnE.

I love to follow recruiting it’s fun and entertaining, but any grown man that follows 16 and 17 year olds on Twitter has a few screws lose in there head. I may understand it if you work for ESPN , 247, scout or other recruiting sites. But for grown men to spy on kids is a little freaky.
——————————————————–
Dawg48, congratulations on the birth of your child!

If you want to see creepy, read here about how WnE tried to sabotage Vad Lee’s recruitment:

http://georgiatech.247sports.com/Board/35/D-Rex-Wrecksneffect-trying-to-sabotage-Vad-Lees-recruitment-790060/1

Are you sure you and other Dawg fans would not want to adopt Wrexie as a fan? WnE hates Georgia Tech, hates Coach Johnson, and loves Coach Richt.

FL Jacket

March 26th, 2012
2:28 pm

footballfan365…

I understand Dodd is a good player. The players on GTs wish list include Shamire Devine, Jeremi Hall, Brandon Kublanow (although he’a a UGA lean), JP Vonashek, and I forget the names but yet another OL from Sandy Creek, and a good OL prospect from Milton. Plus the chances are good late bloomers developing during the Fall in their Senior years.

We can only sign about 2-3 since we’re relatively young and redshirting lots of high-quality guys. The haters can mock all they want…we’re being selective.

nash

March 26th, 2012
2:28 pm

Congrads to Andy and, his family because he is getting something that most people are praying for these days (a free education). I wish him as much luck in the future as long as he is not playing THEM DAWGS. With that said don’t be surprised when RN picks LSU and, I guarantee that recruitment will not stop on the 18 either.

Dawg48

March 26th, 2012
2:28 pm

WNE has nothing to do with me. He can be a fan of any team he wants but if he follows those kids on Twitter something is wrong in his head.