"He is an incredible athlete."
Scout.com Rating: Four-star
Size: 6-foot-3.5, 240-pounds
School: Buford, Ga.
Projected Position: Inside Linebacker
Stats: Lee had 78 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two interceptions in the 2011 season.
Accolades: Lee was a U.S. Army All American, Sports Illustrated All-American, Linebacker of the Year for Gwinnett County (170,000 students in the county), 1st Team All State (2nd yr.), All-County (2nd yr.), Nike Opening National Champion 7-on-7, and Nike Top Ten.
Commit Date: 5/16/2011
Recruiting Competition: Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, USC.
Strengths/Improvements: "I am going in and if I have a chance to compete for a starting spot I will work hard. I just want to do whatever it takes to help the team win. I plan to play middle linebacker at Alabama. They could move me to outside. They feel like I can play all four spots. They feel like I am smart enough to understand the defense."
Why Alabama: "I committed to Alabama because of the defense. 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. 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 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. I like the facilities at Alabama. I feel most comfortanle there. I feel like I will get the most support there in terms of getting my degree."
Coach Quotes: "Dillon is one of those unique kids whatever we asked him to do as a football player it came real easy to him," said Buford head coach Jess Simpson. "He is an extremely fluid athletic, he is long. He has ball skills.
"You watch him run routes as a receiver, block as a tight end watch him handle space and tackle, and can carry two up the seam like a safety. There just isn't much Dillon can't do as a football player. He is an incredible athlete with a lot of gifts.
"In the weight room he cleans over 300-pounds. He loves to practice, loves to lift and loves to run. His ability to run and play in space is as good as I have had here. I would definitely say those are his biggest strengths."
Andrew Bone says: "Dillon Lee is a great athlete who has great size, speed and athleticism. He can play on either side of the ball, but projects on defense for the Crimson Tide. He can play inside or outside linebacker. He has the frame to add more weight and muscle. He is tall, well built and can fly to the football.
"Lee does a great job pursuing the ball and can cover a lot of ground. He does a great job reading plays and can make big stops. He had off-season shoulder surgery and will need to heal before making an immediate impact.
"Lee is a player who could see the field early at least on special teams. Alabama loses talent at the linebacker position and will need players to step up in the spring and in August."
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