Georgia 4-star OL flips from Alabama to LSU

Will Nick Saban go after RN even harder? (AP)

For the second time in a week, Alabama saw a longtime commit flip to an SEC rival (AP)

One of Georgia’s top college football prospects switched his commitment from Alabama to LSU on Friday.

Andy Dodd, a 6-foot-4, 325-pounder from Pepperell High School, flipped to LSU one day after making a surprise official visit to LSU on Friday.

“I had just been praying about it,” Dodd told the AJC. “I just felt like it was the right thing to do. It [LSU] was the place that I fit in the most.”

Dodd, who is ranked as a 4-star and the nation’s No. 139 overall prospect by ESPN, said he knew a week or two after he committed to Alabama in March that he had made a mistake.

“I’ve been thinking about [flipping] ever since I committed,” Dodd said. “I knew I made the wrong decision. Here lately, I had been telling people about it. I came down on a visit, and they showed me lots of love at LSU. I knew that’s where I wanted to go.”

What happened with Alabama? “I just didn’t feel like I should be spending my college years there. A week or two after committing, I knew I had made the mistake. I didn’t want to come out and say anything yet.”

Dodd said he delivered the news to Alabama assistant Lance Thompson. “It wasn’t hard to tell him. Alabama had already heard about it [in advance]. They knew it was coming. [Thompson] was understanding. There didn’t seem to be hard feelings, but you never know. They wished me well.”

It was the second week in a row that Alabama has suffered a big blow in recruiting. Last week, 5-star LB Reuben Foster flipped to Auburn after being committed to Alabama for around a year.

OTHER NEWS: Clemson picked up yet another commitment from the state of Georgia on Friday. Peach County WR Demarcus Robinson committed to Clemson, according to multiple media reports. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 156 player by ESPN.

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Greyshirt_ne_1?

July 20th, 2012
7:39 pm

ole dawg

July 20th, 2012
7:41 pm

Tough decisions to make for 16 and 17 year olds. Great deal for any kid to be getting a free education. Dawg fans wish you the best Andy… except when you line up against us! I know your parents are proud of you.

Brown Dog

July 20th, 2012
7:47 pm

Every kid deserves a chance to be where he wants to be. This Tide fan says good luck.

George Stein

July 20th, 2012
7:54 pm

Got no problem with a kid changing his mind, but what’s up with this “lot of love” nonsense? They know the coaches aren’t their friends, right?

Bama 90

July 20th, 2012
7:55 pm

Andy Dodd wasn’t good enough to play at Alabama, and we didn’t need him. Same thing with Reuben Foster and Kemdeechee. Roll Tide!!!!!!!!

smells of satan

July 20th, 2012
7:55 pm

If a player will turn his back on the people that paid for his education and training (home state) then it is no surprise if he dishonors his commitment to the first enemy school to go to another enemy school. Loyalty is not a common trait in all people. Still, it is not February yet and unstable streams can continue to flow in other directions. Stay tuned.

ATLNTA

July 20th, 2012
7:57 pm

wish him well, Thanks

I wish WR Demarcus Robinson fom Peach county star would have stay instate

tony

July 20th, 2012
8:05 pm

Brown Dog is a classic Bama fan. The fans in this state can really be rude if a player flip on us.

7576DAWG

July 20th, 2012
8:13 pm

It is apparent that he was not interested in Georgia but it would be nice if someone would ask if Georgia even recruited him and if so did he visit UGA and if so why wasn’t he interested in going to Georgia. Who or what turned him off to UGA.

Flo - Ri - Duh

July 20th, 2012
8:17 pm

Turn about is fair play. Saban flipped Aubarn’s top commit last year -RB T.J. Yeldin and now Foster Bummers top commit this year flips to Aubarn. The top recruit in Louisiana last year signed with Bummer and now LSU flips one of Bummers commits. By the way, Dodd is not one of the top recruits in Georgia – way down the list – 3 star. Marcus Robinson will probably change his mind again before signing day. Don’t be surprised if Clemson gets a visit from the NCAA soon.

RTR22

July 20th, 2012
8:31 pm

Not new news to Coach Saban. CT as always moves forward with or without any single kid. Not exactly having to search under a rock for quality kids at any position. Roll Tide

Northside Dawg

July 20th, 2012
8:42 pm

I’m not too concerned about Robinson going to Clemson since a lot of those Peach County guys have academic problems.

atltiger15

July 20th, 2012
8:44 pm

“sumthin” going on in Tuscaloosa, Foster flips to AU, 2014 top prospect RB Bo Scarborough from Tuscaloosa (huge Bama lean for a while) names UGA leader, and now this dude….hhhmmmmmm..

Joe

July 20th, 2012
8:49 pm

What is the over/under on when Clemon goes on probation?

Just something about those ex-Bama players who coach at Clemson, they just love cheating.

gt4ever

July 20th, 2012
8:59 pm

@George

Well, the friend relationship lasts about 1 practice…..

T Dawg

July 20th, 2012
9:00 pm

Where’s Blackout and the other UGA bashers?. Ain’t it a hoot? It just keeps getting better.

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

July 20th, 2012
9:06 pm

The spellcheck for Saban is Satan.

Sports Fan

July 20th, 2012
9:08 pm

I don’t mean to sound negative…but I’m so sick of reading about how a player prayed about whether or not to flip their commitment. I’m all about having God in your life…but can we please stop using him as a crutch for a recruits flakiness??? It’s your decision…not God’s!!!

Bad Dawg

July 20th, 2012
9:09 pm

Nice pick up LSU. I’m hoping Will Friend and company can get some more offensive lineman for UGA. The team hasn’t had a true LT since Trinton Sturdivant got injured.

Bad Dawg

July 20th, 2012
9:11 pm

Also what’s up with all of the Bama bashing? They are not UGA’s rival. So why all the animosity toward Nick Saban and Alabama?

Tampa Gator

July 20th, 2012
9:21 pm

Wet Willie is wetting his pants right now……….and Blackoutanyone….just went white.

Tampa Gator

July 20th, 2012
9:25 pm

This is the state of high school recruiting right now. Flipping all over the place.

Tonight…..Vernon Hargraves….the 5 star cornerback from the Tampa area……just announced his top 5…..and everyone was expecting USC to be number one on the list since he recently visited there and announced that the Trojans were “Number one.” Surprise……USC was not in the top 5….and Florida was the new number one. Hold your breath folks…….

But soon…..the college football season will begin and no one will care again what HS recruits think until after the national title game.

Tampa Gator

July 20th, 2012
9:26 pm

Bad Dawg….

Theus is a true LT…and he is on campus now….5-star from Jacksonville.

bitter spoiled recruit

July 20th, 2012
9:31 pm

@bad dawg—fool wake up, bamma will always be the #1 enemy, I personnaly wish we played there red dirt road, trailer park a$$ every year, 31-0 at half will not be forgot-in anytime soon.

The bamma Coach’s are officially on the HOT SEAT—hahahahahahahahahahah, how does it fill

blackout susie, turd roll————Your div rivals spank-in that A$$ —come on

2 top recruits =—-SPITT-IN SABAN’S FACE—————-NASTY

WHO’S NEXT?????????????????????—-TUSK—UR—LOOSERS

Bad Dawg

July 20th, 2012
9:32 pm

Tampa, Theus is not a true left tackle in my opinion but I may be wrong. We’ll see how he does this season. Now the gators on the other hand have their LT of the future in D.J. Humphries. I think the the kid will be ALL SEC each year with the Gators and wind up a top 15 pick. I like the Tunsil kid out of Florida. Seems like a UF, UA, and UGA battle right now. Have any idea where he is leaning?

bitter spoiled recruit

July 20th, 2012
9:34 pm

@TURD ROLL—-Why yaa in “O”bamma land getting rid of all the –WHITE–”O” LINEMAN????

The Bear

July 20th, 2012
9:36 pm

Enter your comments here

Bad Dawg

July 20th, 2012
9:37 pm

bitter, You are helping me make my point. How is a team that you haven’t played since 2008 your rival? Florida is our rival but the series is lop sided right now. I guess Tech is a rival too but its just like UF except in UGA’s favor. Also with Tennessee being down for the forseeable future it seems like Auburn is UGA’s only true rival right now. I’m interested as why you hate Bama and Saban so much though like a lot of the others on here. I admit the blackout game was pretty bad but get over it.

The Bear

July 20th, 2012
9:37 pm

Good luck Andy.

Roll Tide

Brown Dog

July 20th, 2012
9:40 pm

Tampa, quit being disingenuous. Both Blackout and Willie told you this was happening days ago. As for The cackling from Georgia fans, let’s see who’s holding the cards Feb. 1.

Good luck to Andy Dodd.

Soft Coach, soft schedule

July 20th, 2012
9:40 pm

Nobody likes a midget, errrr, Saban!

The Bear

July 20th, 2012
9:41 pm

@Tampa Gator 5 Star…….Ok high school. Not taking anything away from the young man, Welcome to the SEC……BIG difference

LakeDawg

July 20th, 2012
9:44 pm

Good news! Love to see the Bama defections. It seems kids are taking a second look at Saban. :)

Tampa Gator

July 20th, 2012
9:46 pm

Bad Dawg….

D.J. Humphries enrolled early at Florida and participated in spring practice. He is all he is rated to be….but he is working hard to get his weight up to play in the SEC and the NFL at a high level. He is extremely good with his hands and has very quick feet….ideal for a LT. Theus is a LT (but I know Dawg fans are hoping he will be willing to move to RT to get Tunsil on board) and Humphries being a Florida commit early fairly much killed any interest he had in Florida…I am sure.

Also….I think Georgia’s win last year….and their high expectations for this year…including being the favorite in the East….has rekindled the fire for JAX. But I know most Dawg fans feel the Gators are now second rate and will be run over down there this year. We will see.

The Bear

July 20th, 2012
9:49 pm

Good to see the same UGA folks thinking they are on the same level as Bama. Hope is a good thing.

ROLL TIDE

Bad Dawg

July 20th, 2012
9:49 pm

LakeDawg, Or maybe LSU was a better fit for the young man. I’m pretty sure Alabama still has the #1 class. Again more sour grapes about Alabama and Nick Saban. Do you want Saban to send a personal apology to Richt for kicking his butt in recruiting and on the field performance?

Tampa Gator

July 20th, 2012
9:49 pm

Brown Dog…..

In order to be disingenuous about something…..you would have to know what someone had previous posted. Otherwise….not so.

But…..that was not my point with those two.

The Bear

July 20th, 2012
9:52 pm

To be honest UGA is going to curb stomp your Gators

TIM BUCK

July 20th, 2012
9:53 pm

RTR 2 OUTTA 3………..AND ROLLIN!!!!!!!!!!!! COMPETITION IS STRONG IN T-TOWN………….A LIL STRONG.

Bad Dawg

July 20th, 2012
9:54 pm

Tampa, The Gators are no second rate program for sure. The season they had last year was due to a number of issues such as depth and a new regime in place. The Gators defense will be top notch and the offense can only improve. If one of your young quarterbacks step up and you can find some solid weapons on offense the Gators should at least be able to win 9 games but I don’t know how tough you guys schedule is this year.

TIM BUCK

July 20th, 2012
9:56 pm

kingdaddy

July 20th, 2012
9:59 pm

Bear,
what is going on with all the recruits flipping? Could it be that they are just commiting to early???

Tampa Gator

July 20th, 2012
10:00 pm

A tough opening challenge ahead for the Gators….which will determine how good Florida may be this year…..to A&M to face the 6th man and that wide open Houston type of offense……then to Knoxville to face a much improved and talented Vols team….especially on offense. Also….LSU at home. Then FSU there. No piece of cake schedule for sure. But the Gators do get SC at home and Georgia….as usual….in JAX. 9 wins would be good….but I think 8 would be good. If Driskell or Brissett or both play extremely well…..they could challenge for the East. We will see.

Tampa Gator

July 20th, 2012
10:03 pm

“To be honest UGA is going to curb stomp your Gators”

@The Bear…..

I doubt it….considering Georgia won by just 4 points last year and Florida has all of its D back and the offense will be greatly improved under Pease and two QBs that will be playing on two legs.

LakeDawg

July 20th, 2012
10:04 pm

Bad Dawg

I’m pretty sure Bama’s class is NOT #1;)

Tampa Gator

July 20th, 2012
10:04 pm

GO GATORS….and the SEC. Getting closer to kickoff.

LakeDawg

July 20th, 2012
10:05 pm

UGA takes the Gators down again this year.

The Bear

July 20th, 2012
10:05 pm

Bottom line contribute or sit. Maybe Dodd thought he would have to sit for a bit and did not like it. Funny how no one heard of this guy and now he is a 4 to 5 star. It is what it is Bama will be fine. Good luck to Dodd.

Brown Dog

July 20th, 2012
10:08 pm

Tampa, I know what the word mean; that’s why I used it. Willie, Black and Crimson Crush all talked about Dodd’s pending switch in a thread you commented in frequently. That’s why I thought you were being disingenuous. Of course, at our ages, short term memory is not an ally.

LakeDawg

July 20th, 2012
10:11 pm

This year is the start of Bama’s slide back to the pack. Its tough to stay on top in the SEC.