October 6, 2011

Lee still keeping tabs

Buford linebacker Dillon Lee verbally committed to Alabama back in May and said he was shutting down his recruitment then and there.

Though the Peach State standout said he wouldn't be entertaining any other offers, he has since been to Georgia for a few games already this fall.

Lee's older brother, offensive guard Dallas Lee, is already a Bulldog, but the question on many fans minds was whether he was just there for support or whether his visits meant something more.

"I go as a recruit to Georgia, and I talk to coaches there. I get to do the whole little recruiting thing, and I'll see coaches there," he said. "But it's fun, I guess. I just get to talk to them, because when I was getting recruited before they hadn't offered me so I didn't get to take any visits there, so I'm just playing catch-up right now."

After injuries sustained at the start of the season to two key Bulldogs at middle linebacker, Alec Olgtree and Christian Robinson, much attention and focus has shifted to the recruitment of top prospects at that position.

The 6-foot-4, 228-pound linebacker would be a welcome addition to the Bulldogs' front seven, but with the UGA staff now on the offensive, the next question on everyone's mind is whether it is too little, too late?

"They offered me two weeks before when my set commitment day was, so I was happy I got my in-state school, and my brother goes there, so it was pretty cool," Lee said. "I talk to coach (Kirk) Olivadotti. He calls me once every week or two and we talk and then I'll see him Saturdays at the games. (Our relationship) is getting better, I think. Like I said before, when I was getting recruited earlier, I wasn't talking to any of the Georgia coaches, and he was coming from the NFL. So it's good."

Lee, whose recruiting coach at Alabama is defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, said that Olivadotti explained the delay in receiving an offer Lee said he explained that he hadn't recruited in more than a decade and was catching up on evaluations, only having been in the position for two months at that point.

So while Lee continues to give Georgia the opportunity to play catch-up, Lee said he will be assessing the program in order to find the right connection to what he feels are most important to him in a program.

"The coaches really, the strength and conditioning coaches, and my position coaches really," Lee said. "Alabama runs a 3-4 too, so I feel like I would fit in pretty well in both of those."

As for his family ties to the program, Lee dismisses any notion that it will be the deciding factor in determining where he signs come February.

"I guess it matters a little. My parents don't want me to just go where… they want it to work out best for me, not just for my brother," Lee said.

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