December 7, 2010

2012 LB high on UA

Buford (GA) junior Dillon Lee has been a stand out star for in the Peach State this year, making big play after big play at both tight end and linebacker to help lead his team to the upcoming state championship game this weekend. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound star has also picked up plenty of attention from college coaches along the way as well, earning early offers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Miami, Clemson and most recently the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"Alabama sent their offer in last week," Lee said. "Their defensive coordinator Kirby Smart came up to watch me practice recently and I got the offer pretty soon after that.

At this early stage of the recruiting process, Lee said he's simply taking it all in and learning as much as he can about each of the schools recruiting him.

"Right now, I'm really open to everyone and I'm just in the phase of getting to know coaches and learning a little about each program. South Carolina and Clemson both are recruiting me as an athlete but the rest want me as a linebacker. Usually coaches tell me they like me as an outside linebacker but Alabama said they see me possibly putting on some weight and playing inside."

Lee's season has included a number of big plays on defense at the outside linebacker position, including a game-changer in last week's state semi-finals.

"I feel pretty good about the season I've had. I have five interceptions so far, including two that I returned for touchdowns and one of those came last week. I've been lucky enough to be in position to make some big plays for my team this year at key moments in the game and thankfully I've been able to convert on a lot of those. I've also worked really hard to try and eliminate mistakes so that I don't cost my team those kinds of big plays as well."

Lee remains focused on his winning his state title at the moment rather than the recruiting process but he already has plans for a visit to Tuscaloosa in the near future.

"I've already been to Alabama once for the Mississippi State game but I'll be going back for an unofficial visit in January. I really like what I've seen so far and I'm interested in learning more about the way they do things there and what things are like when it's not game day."

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