ATLANTA, GA—First round win goes to Nick Saban. Took a top Georgia recruit right out of the backyard of Mark Richt. Four-star linebacker Dillon Lee a t 6’4” 220 lbs committed to the Crimson Tide.
Must have been one heck of a presentation by Saban. Let me guess. We’re winning championships at Alabama, and we’re preparing men to play in the NFL. First-round draft picks and a program developing players to be their best. No doubt, Saban can sell it better than anybody, and it's all true.
But this fight has just begun. According to sources, Georgia got in late on Dillon Lee. The Bulldogs just offered a scholarship last week. Timing is only a matter of perspective. Lee still has his senior year of high school football in front of him before he straps it on in the SEC.
Dillon has an older brother who is a sophomore offensive lineman for the Bulldogs. Sanford Stadium is only 45 miles down the road, so he has to know what the Georgia program is all about. Georgia is familiar territory, and with the full court press from Alabama and Florida State, he might have felt less celebrated in Athens.
Here’s the reality for Dillon Lee. Georgia is going to continue to recruit the Buford High star. The verbal commitment is non-binding and a whole lot of Bulldog fans are going to say their peace about the situation. Mom and Dad are going to have something to say about it too.
Tuscaloosa is four hours away so they won’t be able to go to both sons' games on Saturday. I can definitely appreciate wanting to set my own course, and Alabama is an incredible football school.
I believe the future for Dillon Lee is dependent on the Bulldogs 2011 season. It will take an SEC East championship to lure the younger brother to Athens. In the meantime, let the games begin. Once again, the Tide are out to an early lead.
Jay Holgate is an SEC Analyst and works for SEC Football Breaking News App for Android Phones.