Fortuitous flip

TSD Managing Editor/Beat Writer
Posted Jul 20, 2012


Andy Dodd comes to Baton Rouge for a visit and will leave as an LSU commitment, flipping from a pledge he made in March to Alabama.

Some decisions can be changed, and when Andy Dodd realized he might’ve jumped the gun on his college commitment, he began looking for the right time to swim back upstream.

He found the timing on Friday.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Dodd flipped his commitment from Alabama to LSU, almost four months after pledging to the Crimson Tide.

Dodd, who plays at Pepperell High in Lindale, Ga., pulled the trigger after an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge on Friday.

“I had just been praying about it,” Dodd said in a story published on AJC.com, the Website of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I just felt like it was the right thing to do. It [LSU] was the place that I fit in the most.”

In fact, LSU has apparently been weighing on Dodd’s mind since he committed to the Tide.

“I’ve been thinking about [flipping] ever since I committed,” Dodd said in the AJC report. “I knew I made the wrong decision. Here lately, I had been telling people about it. I came down on a visit, and they showed me lots of love at LSU. I knew that’s where I wanted to go.

“I just didn’t feel like I should be spending my college years there (Alabama). A week or two after committing, I knew I had made the mistake. I didn’t want to come out and say anything yet.”

With the addition of Dodd, LSU’s 2013 class has 21 pledges. Dodd projects as a guard (he'll play tackle as a senior at Pepperell this season after operating as a tight end in 2011), although he could also slide to center with some training.

Dodd is the fourth offensive linemen and the third slated to play on the interior, joining Josh Boutte of Westgate and K.J. Malone from Cedar Creek in Ruston. Ethan Pocic, one of the country’s top rated offensive tackles, is also a commitment.

The Tigers’ coaches also dipped into Georgia for the second time as Dodd joins quarterback recruit Anthony Jennings in the prospective class.

Besides the two SEC West powers, Dodd also considered scholarship offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and South Carolina.



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