The SEC is a tough place to play football and it’s a place where fierce recruiting battles take place on a regular basis. That was no different this year as one such recruiting battle between the conference’s top two schools went back and forth before LSU ultimately wooed four-star offensive guard recruit Andy Dodd away from Alabama, where he originally gave his verbal commitment. It’s safe to say Alabama’s talented defensive line will make Dodd second-guess his commitment when the Tigers play the Crimson Tide this year.
Dodd has great size at 6’4″ and 315 pounds and he has the strength to bulldoze most interior defensive linemen in run blocking and has decent feet to protect the passer in the pocket. Alabama returns eleven defensive players who each started at least one game in 2012, so that means Dodd will be lining up against experienced Crimson Tide defensive linemen like Ed Stinson in his first season, granted he starts right away.
Of course, that’s no guarantee as both of the Tigers’ starting guards are back. Lae’el Collins and Trai Turner each played fairly well in 2012 and they won’t give up their starting jobs easily. Dodd would have had an easier chance of starting as a freshman as Alabama since the Crimson Tide only return two starters up front this year, but he chose LSU over Alabama for a reason. We just have to wait and see what that is.