Dillon Lee reporting early

Dillon Lee, four-star middle linebacker from Buford, Ga., is hoping to lead his team to a fifth consecutive state championship this fall. The Alabama commitment made an early decision and has good news to report. Andrew Bone has the latest news...



"We are looking forward to having another great season," said Dillon Lee. "We have won four straight state championships. If we win it this year we will set a new Georgia high school state record.

"We have a very good team coming back. I believe we have 18 or 19 returning starters. We should be really strong on both sides. I am playing offense, defense and special teams."

The 6-foot-4, 238-pound athlete put forth a great performance at 'The Opening' in Oregon. He finished in the Top 10 in the Sparq ratings with a 4.52-40, 4.05-shuttle and 36-inch vertical.

"'The Opening' was a lot of fun," said Lee. "It was a good experience. I had never been to the West Coast. I had a real good time out there.

"I hung out with a lot of the guys. I spent time with Dakota [Ball], Reggie Ragland and Kenyan Drake. It was great to be able to hang out with guys you are going to be playing football with in college. We all got along pretty well."

Lee has a couple of teammates who are heavily recruited by the Tide in offensive lineman Vadal Alexander and tight end Kurt Freitag.

"I am working on them," said Lee. "I am hoping it works. It's going to come down to the wire for them."

Lee attended camp in Tuscaloosa this summer and worked out with future position coach, Kirby Smart.

"I went to the Alabama camp with my mom," he said. "We spent two days at the camp. I participated in the camp one of the days. I thought it went really well. I worked out at middle linebacker.

"I really enjoyed working out with coach Smart. He told me I did a good job. He said he likes how I run. Coach Smart didn't spend a lot of time trying to correct me. He tells you how to do something. You either do it or you don't. That's what I like."

The nation's No. 6 middle linebacker is a big part of the Tide's recruiting class. He will benefit even more by enrolling at the Capstone in January.

"I committed to Alabama because of the defense," Lee stated. "Coach Smart and coach Saban are the best defensive coaches in the country. They run the best defense in the country. I wanted to be a part of it.

"I was happy to get my decision out of the way. Alabama is where I wanted to be. We were going on recruiting trips every weekend. It was getting old. I am glad I committed before my senior season.

"I will graduate early. I will enroll at Alabama in January. I had always planned to graduate early. I didn't know if I would go to Alabama early or not. I thought about going to a training facility here. My parents feel comfortable sending me to Alabama early.

"There is nothing that is better than what Alabama can give me."

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