Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Introducing the class: Dee Liner
By Greg Ostendorf
Dee Liner said he can't wait to make an impact for the Crimson Tide.
Editor's note: This is a series introducing Alabama's 2013 recruiting class that will continue to run after signing day.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On national signing day, Dee Liner put on an Alabama hat and told the world he was going to sign with the Crimson Tide. It wasn’t much of a secret. The former Auburn commitment was recruiting players to Alabama at various events such as the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and the Under Armour All-America Game. Still, it was a huge victory for the Tide when the ESPN 150 defensive lineman faxed in the papers.
Q: What made you sign with Alabama?
A: It was the relationship I had with the coaching staff and the way Nick Saban was serious with me, no playing around. He wasn’t just telling me stuff I wanted to hear. He was serious.
Q: What’s life been like since your commitment?
A: Life’s been great. I can go out in public and people know who I am. They’re telling me roll tide. It’s a great feeling. My followers on Twitter went up. Damion Square and Courtney Upshaw just started following me recently.
Q: When did you first meet Coach Saban? What was that like?
A: The first time I met Coach Saban -- it’s been a long time -- I’d probably have to say my sophomore year. It was crazy, knowing that he’s the best coach in the country and I’m just sitting here talking to him. It was a great feeling.
Q: What’s your favorite Alabama memory to this point?
My favorite memory was when I took my official visit my senior year and one year when I met Trent Richardson. I think it was hist last season there, and he told me that I was the big man on campus. My official visit, it went great. They showed me love. It’s just great down there. Who wouldn’t want to go play for Coach Saban?
Q: What’s your goal when you get to Alabama?
A: My goal is to get my education, work hard and hopefully get me a starting position.
Q: Do you have a favorite play or memory from high school?
A: I don’t have a favorite memory, but I liked it when coach would let me loose to go out on the edge and get the quarterback.
Favorite food: Steak, red potatoes and macaroni and cheese