Standout Linebacker High on the Tigers

One of top prospects for the class of 2012 in the state of Georgia discusses his junior day visit to check out the national champion Auburn Tigers.

Buford, Ga.--A visit to Auburn for a junior day has moved Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers up the pecking order for Buford High football star Dillon Lee.

The 6-4, 225-pound junior with 4.49 speed says that Auburn is in his top three along with Alabama and Florida State. In January he had the Tigers in his top six with Clemson, Georgia and Florida.

"I really like the people and the environment at Auburn," the linebacker says. "The people are very nice and very welcoming.

"I like the coaching staff and everybody else I interacted with Auburn," says Lee, who notes that the Tigers are "high" on his list of colleges.

Auburn currently has a linebacker on the roster from Buford, which has turned into a perennial power in Georgia high school football circles. Jessel Curry played this past season as a freshman for the Tigers.

"I didn't talk to Jessel on my visit on Saturday, but I talked to him about a week ago," Lee says. "He told me that you have got to love it Auburn. Everything is great--the people, football program and the traditions." Lee worked in his visit to Auburn around his basketball schedule. On Thursday his team will be in Macon for the final four for the Class AA state tournament. After basketball season is done the hoops power forward will run track.

The linebacker says he enjoyed spending time with defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Ted Roof, and head coach Chizik. Both of those men stopped by Buford High in January to talk to the coaches there about Lee's potential as a prospect.

Lee says he listened to an academic presentation on his visit to Auburn and toured the campus for the first time. He noted he came down for a football game last fall, but was not in Auburn for long. He notes that he enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the coaches in-depth.

"I like Coach Roof a lot and I think he knows what he is doing," Lee says. "I like everything he does."

He notes that Auburn is recruiting him as an outside linebacker. At Buford, playing in a 4-3 front as well as a 3-4, the junior plays all of the linebacker spots.

Playing on state championship teams the past two years in football, it won't be a surprise if that happens again. "I believe we have 10 of 11 starters coming back on defense and nine of 11 on offense," he says.

Lee notes that he may be ready to make a decision on his college choice as early as this spring. "I am looking for some place where I can fit in and I can come in and play and help the team out," he says.

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