Tide garners HUGE commitment

With 12 players already in the fold, Alabama has only the last third of this year's recruiting class still undecided. And tonight's commitment from Dominic "The Dominator" Lee provides one more huge piece of the puzzle.

Lee, is 6-3, 295 and runs a 5.00 forty. One of the top defensive tackles in the nation, Lee combines an excellent first step with tremendous power. Lee is rated the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the South, by Borderwars.com.

Remarkably agile for a man his size, Lee was impressive at this summer's NIKE camp held at Alabama.

Lee bench presses 405 pounds and has been clocked as low as 4.90 in the 40-yard dash. "I think my strengths are my quickness and my power," Lee told BamaMag.com. "Plus, my experience on offense has helped me know what the offensive lineman are thinking and it has helped me learn to defeat double teams."

Alabama Defensive Line Coach Stan Eggen has been recruiting Lee very hard, but the Tide's head coach also factored into the big lineman's decision. "The main reason I committed was that I got to talk with Coach Fran every week," Lee said. "Most coaches you get to speak to them maybe once, but Coach Fran was available to me each week during my recruitment.

"Plus Coach Stan Eggen recruits my area and he is going to be my coach. He and I have talked a lot and we have had time to bond and get to know each other."

The Huffman High School star has plenty of girth to take on double teams as well as the ability to split them with his quickness. "The Tide coaches are telling me that if I come in and I'm willing to work hard, then I can play," Lee said. "They know how to develop players and if I do what they ask, then I have a chance to play beyond college."

Last season Lee played mainly offensive line in helping to lead his team to an undefeated regular season. In the playoffs he took on the added role of defensive tackle, and in that role Lee was dominant. So far this season Huffman is 6-2. After eight games Lee has 78 tackles, 9 ½ sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.

Lee played mostly on the offensive line last season, but as a senior he's spent most of his time at defensive tackle---his projected college position.

Both Lee's parents are Tide fans, so his commitment was not a surprise. But Lee was recruited by most of the major programs in the South. "Pretty much everybody recruited me," Lee said. "But the main ones included Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and MTSU. I had letters and received calls from just about everybody, but those were my leaders."

The Tide will lose three senior starters off its defensive line after this season, and two other seniors are listed on its depth chart. Along with Andraus Grace of Fort Meade, Florida and Michael Hill of Smiths Station, Lee is Bama's third defensive tackle commitment. Another commitment, Mario Lane from Montgomery, is listed as a combination tight end/defensive end.

Lee is commitment No. 13 of this recruiting season for Alabama. Because of NCAA sanctions, the Tide can only award 18 scholarships this year.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Depending on the status of two signees from last season's class (Earnest Nance and Christopher Browder), Alabama has three, four or five scholarships left to give.


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