Alabama gets a nice boost to its defensive trenches as the Crimson Tide have landed 4-star defensive tackle Dee Liner.
4-Star DL Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals, Ala. will sign with Alabama.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) February 6, 2013
The Muscle Shoals, Ala., product received plenty of attention in the recruiting process, and deservedly so.
In 247Sports' composite rankings, Liner is 4-star recruit, the 46th-rated overall recruit of this class and the fourth-best defensive tackle in the country.
Checking in at 6'3", 277 pounds, Liner has the body to play from day one. At this point, it is hard telling if he is a better fit for defensive end or defensive tackle at the collegiate level. He does have room to add bulk on his frame, and will likely have a more permanent future on the inside of the line.
However, Liner possesses great jump off the ball that will make him a factor no matter where he plays.
Liner does a great job of staying low in his burst. This is a rare skill for a player coming out of high school and it will serve him well and make him a nightmare for opposing offensive linemen.
These talents will allow Liner to be a big significant factor both defending the run and rushing the passer.
His low center and strength allow him to shed blockers, but to be elite at this skill level he will have to improve his hands, which he should easily develop with some quality coaching.
Liner plays with lots of energy, and he does not quit on plays. He is also a solid wrap-up tackler. If he can add some good bulk and learn to use his hands better, Liner has a very bright future ahead of him.
However, with the natural talent he already possesses, it is safe to assume that Liner will be a factor on the D-line (I couldn't go this whole article without alluding to this pun) from day one.