Lee Focusing on Buford; Dawgs on Hold

Buford will open scrimmage one of the bigger Gwinnett County schools, Dacula, Friday night.

After that the Wolves will start the defense of their AA State Title. All summer long Buford defensive tackle Dallas Lee has been focusing on his upcoming season. The Georgia commit said he's put recruiting out of his mind – and that all coaches involved are happy with that.

"Coach Simpson wants me to put Georgia and recruiting on the back burner," said Lee. "He and Coach Searels say to get a ring and get to college. I think they both want me to concentrate on Buford until I graduate."

Lee said he spent the bulk of the summer working out with his team. The senior said the college-like work put in by the Wolves one of the reasons the program is a consistent winner. He added two of his former teammates who are now in college confirm the similarities between the Buford program and high-level BCS schools.

"Omar Hunter and T. J. (Pridemore) told me that the workouts down there are pretty much the same thing we are doing up here," Lee said.

That duo will face Lee in the future. But the former teammates are not totally embracing the rivalry that is Georgia and Florida.

"We are good friends, some people think we are all supposed to hate each other, but we're not going to do that," Lee said with a laugh.

Replacing Pridemore and Hunter won't be easy – and Lee knows it. But the two-way starter said his teammates will be ready to fill the big shoes left by those who have graduated.

"We have a great team," Lee said. "We have a lot of guys that played a lot last year. We don't have a lot of big-name guys, but we've got guys who can play."

Still, Lee is keeping an eye on the Dawgs. It was hard not to notice Georgia's #1 ranking, Lee admitted.

"It was pretty cool to see them ranked number one – that's really cool – but I don't think it was a surprise," he said.

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