Dee Liner visits Alabama

Dee Liner visits Alabama

Dee Liner, National 100 defensive end from Muscle Shoals, Ala., projects as the top player in the state in the class of 2013. Liner gave an early commitment to Auburn, but other schools will remain in pursuit until signing day a year from now. He traveled to Tuscaloosa for Alabama's Junior Day. Andrew Bone has the latest....

"I really don't want to comment too much about the visit," said Dee Liner. "It was a good trip though. It was cool. I think I can help them out a whole lot.

"I have built a good relationship with O.J. Howard. He is really the only recruit I have a relationship with. We stay in touch with each other. We talk about playing together. He really wants me to come to Alabama with him. I'll say he recruits me a lot more than I try to recruit him. He was down there this weekend.

The verbal pledge receives a lot of jawing back and forth from fans and family members who may cheer for another in-state SEC school. It's very common especially with two big programs in the same state.

"That's with everyone all the time," Liner said. "I hear it from everywhere. When it comes down to it I have to make the best decision that's right for me. These people aren't going to college with me. I am going to do what's best for me regardless of what everyone else wants."

The 6-foot-3.5, 260-pound prospect talked about the position he prefers on the next level.

"Alabama recruited me to play defensive end, and Auburn is also recruiting to play defensive end," Liner said. "Alabama said I can play end, but also move over and play the 'Jack' linebacker position. Auburn wants me to rush the passer.

"I do want to play end, but I do want to rush the passer. I want to play like [Courtney] Upshaw. That's what I feel like I am going to be best at doing at the next level."

Liner had a tremendous junior season recording 83 tackles, 17 sacks and five forced fumbles. He understands a lot of pressure comes as the top recruit in the state.

"It feels real good to be the number one player in the state," he said. "You have to keep working hard. I am working to be the number one player in the country, not just the state. I do feel like I am best at rushing the passer and getting past the offensive linemen.

"I need to work on getting my 40-time down. I think that's what I need to improve the most. I am currently running a 4.7-40. I want to get bigger. I want to get to about 275-280-pounds mostly muscle."

Liner grew up a big fan of the Tigers and remains a commitment. Auburn has hired two new coordinators on the Plains.

"I haven't met the new defensive coordinator yet," Liner said. "I was supposed to go down there last weekend for Junior Day, but it was storming really bad. I plan on going back down there soon.

"Coach Mike Pelton and I have a real good relationship. We always talk on the phone. I can call him whenever I feel like talking."

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