Dee Liner: Does Alabama, Miami or LSU Have Best Chance to Flip Auburn 5-Star?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 3, 2013

Dee Liner Via 247Sports
Dee Liner Via 247Sports

Dee Liner is committed to Auburn, but Alabama, LSU and Miami are all still viable options for the 5-star defensive end.

Kipp Adams of reports on the latest from Liner:

“I am committed to Auburn, but I am keeping my options open right now since they got the new coaching staff,” Liner said. “I am getting to know them better, but I have not made an official visit there and that will really factor in when I take that trip.” 

Other than Auburn, Liner said that he is also considering Alabama, Miami and LSU, although he is unsure whether any other schools are in the mix at the moment. 

“I will most likely take officials to those four schools, but I am not sure if I will take a fifth yet or who it would be to,” Liner said. 

This has to be yet another discouraging update for Auburn fans. Liner has been committed to the Tigers since June, but his commitment has been wavering ever since Auburn fired now former head coach Gene Chizik and his assistant coaching staff.

While it is good news that Liner apparently wants to give the new staff a chance, one can't help but feel that Liner's commitment to Auburn is in jeopardy—especially with three great programs trying to flip him.

Miami is always an interesting option for recruits considering the location, and despite their struggles, the Hurricanes are still a marquee program in college football. LSU, on the other hand, is undoubtedly a powerhouse in the SEC, and the Tigers have produced their fair share of elite defensive linemen.

Both Miami and LSU have a lot to offer Liner, but it's Alabama that Auburn has to be worried about the most.

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide boast the best program in college football, and that's hard to argue. Here's what Liner had to say about 'Bama, per Adam's report:

“Alabama is a winning team,” Liner said. “The coaching staff is amazing and they are great people to be around.” 

Michael Carvell of also apparently overheard Liner saying some good things about Alabama at practice for the Under Armour All-America game, per his Twitter account:

Overheard some dude named Dee Liner singing praises of #Bama at to other players at UA practice:

— Michael Carvell (@RecruitingAJC) January 3, 2013

Liner obviously likes Alabama, and he has good reason to.

The Crimson Tide may offer him the best chance at a national championship out of all four schools on the board, and he could become yet another defensive star to go through their system. 

He checks in at 6'2.5'', 277 pounds and runs a 4.86 40, according to 247Sports. ranks him as the No. 2 overall strong-side defensive end, only behind No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche.

Liner has the intangibles to be very effective as a defensive end in the 3-4. He's big and strong enough to be a two-gap player and fulfill his responsibilities, but he's fast and athletic enough to make plays and be an effective pass-rusher as well.

He would have the opportunity to be an elite defender for the Crimson Tide, and he could still stay in-state (Liner is from Muscle Shoals, Alabama), so overall, Alabama looks to be in a good position to get a flip.

For now, Liner is still committed to Auburn, but Alabama has the best chance to change that.

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