Dee Liner is flirting with an SEC school and it sure isn't Alabama. One of the top defensive tackle prospects of the 2013 class is expected to make his decision on national signing day, but decided that he has one last team to talk to before making his decision final.
According to Kipp Adams of ESPN, Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt was going to visit Liner and provide him with one more sales pitch.
"DL Dee Liner says Mark Richt is coming to visit him today," Adams reported.
However, Radi Nabulsi of ESPN went ahead and took things one step further. Sources close to Nabulsi are claiming that Liner was the one who called Richt and the star defensive tackle is expected to visit Georgia this weekend.
The questions almost everyone asked was: "Who initiated contact? Is Georgia reaching out to Liner in a desperation move after getting bad news on Montravius Adams or is Liner not as happy with Alabama as some folks have made him out to be?"
According to my sources, Liner called Richt.
I have also bee told, although not by Liner himself, that Liner is going to take an official visit to Georgia this weekend.
Nabulsi also pointed out that Liner happens to be friends with current Georgia commitments and other players who are currently considering becoming a Bulldog.
Could this be a recruiting class for the ages?
With just days before national signing day, this is an interesting turn for one of the top recruits in the country. Liner originally was committed to the Auburn Tigers, but later down the line decided to decommit in order to keep all of his options open.
That is when the Alabama Crimson Tide jumped in on the action and they have appeared to be the favorites to land the defensive lineman since then. In fact, Liner recently told Justin Hokanson of Rivals.com that the school in Tuscaloosa was the front-runner and Auburn was now out of the conversation.
"Alabama is one of my favorites, but my de-committing from Auburn has nothing to do with Alabama," Liner said. "I've been holding it in, I just had to get it off my shoulders."
Now, it seems like Liner has replaced the Tigers with the Bulldogs and he may soon give Alabama the same treatment Auburn received.
Georgia already has the 11th-best recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports. This is a move that would put this class completely over the top if it were actually to take place. But given the history of Liner and the flip-flopping throughout the process, there probably isn't a person on this planet that knows for sure what the final decision is going to be.
Liner is an elite prospect who could play in any scheme and practically line up anywhere on the defensive line. His combination of speed and athleticism is off the charts and he should be able to develop into an elite SEC pass-rusher in no time.
The question now is, which school will he be suiting up for?
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