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Buford defensive tackle Dallas Lee blended in with the crowd in Athens on Saturday during Georgia’s 56-17 victory over Central Michigan. “I watched the game from the stands,” said the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Lee, who committed to the Dogs in April. “I went with a friend and their family. I hung out with them and we tailgated.” “It was fun. It was an awesome game. I noticed that a lot of people stayed around after the game.” Lee, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150, said he’ll be back at Sanford Stadium for the Alabama game later this month. “And I might go to the South Carolina game [on Sept. 13 in Columbia] with my friends,” he said.
Buford junior defensive tackle Dallas Lee chose Georgia over programs such as Florida, Florida State and Tennessee. But the decision to commit to the Dogs was a difficult one. "Yeah, it was pretty hard at first, " admitted Lee, who will likely play center or guard. "But Georgia turned out to be a perfect fit. They have everything in a school that I wanted. "And I really like coach [Mark] Richt and [offensive line] coach [Stacy] Searels. Lee broke the news of his commitment to Searels. "I told him I want to play in Athens for the next four years, " Lee said. Buford coach Jess Simpson is confident the Bulldog Nation will be excited to have Lee as part of its 2009 recruiting class. "Georgia is getting an extra tough, hardnosed lineman, " Simpson said. "He's a 6-foot-3, 300-pound kid who moves well and has great knowledge and understanding of the game."
Georgia coach Mark Richt welcomed 86 high school players for "Dawg Night" prospect camp on July 18. The most celebrated prospect in attendance was Branden Smith of Atlanta's Washington High. Smith, considered one of the nation's top cornerbacks with around 25 offers, opted not to participate in the camp. Defensive end Abry Jones of Northside-Warner Robins, who has committed to Georgia, was also an observer. However, three Georgia commitments decided to go through the workouts: lineman Dallas Lee of Buford, linebacker Michael Gilliard of Buford, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger of Oconee County. Mettenberger looked much sharper and crisp with both his technique and throws that he did at another Georgia camp earlier in the summer. He seemed to quickly develop chemistry with wide receiver Rantavious Wooten of Belle Glades, Fla. Wooten was perhaps the camp's most impressive player with his speed and quickness, attracting the attention of Richt and other members of the Georgia staff.