4-Star DL Dee Liner's Flirtation with Georgia Should Worry Alabama

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterFebruary 1, 2013

Muscle Shoals (Ala.) DT Dee Liner / Photo Credit: 247Sports.com
Muscle Shoals (Ala.) DT Dee Liner / Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

While the news that No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche will visit LSU this weekend dominated the Internet on Thursday night and Friday morning, another top prospect made his share of news as well.

According to Radi Nabulsi, of ESPN's DawgNation (subscription required), 4-star defensive lineman Dee Liner—a longtime Auburn commit who bailed on the Tigers and is a heavy lean to Alabama—will make a surprise official visit to Georgia this weekend to check out the Bulldogs.

In addition to the surprising news that Liner is going to visit Athens, sources close to Nabulsi said that it was Liner that initiated contact with Georgia head coach Mark Richt

Certainly an interesting development, especially considering Macon.com reported that the Georgia team airplane was in Liner's hometown of Muscle Shoals, Ala. on Thursday.

Should Alabama fans worry?

You bet.

If Liner did, in fact, initiate contact with Georgia, that lends me to believe that something happened in his discussions with Alabama that soured the 6'3", 275-pounder on the Crimson Tide.

Does that mean that he's gone?

Absolutely not.

Even when Liner was technically committed to Auburn, it was assumed that he would eventually wind up in Tuscaloosa. This latest development doesn't change that perception all that much, but it certainly changes it a little bit.

As a head coach and a recruiter, you always want to have the last crack at a superstar, especially when one of the prospects on campus reached out. As Lloyd Christmas would say from Dumb & Dumber, "so you're telling me there's a chance."

That's more than Georgia had 48 hours ago for Liner, and certainly enough to make Alabama sweat a little bit between now and national signing day.