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Former Alabama linebacker Shane Lee commits to USC Trojans

Shane Lee (#35) going through inside linebacker drills for Alabama in fall practice
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Shane Lee is taking his talents to the Pac-12 after three years at the University of Alabama.

He entered the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday, Jan. 13. Lee was one of eight scholarship players to pursue the portal.

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Seven players found a new home, while Jaylen Moody removed his name from the portal and stayed at Alabama. Lee, a Maryland native, announced on Instagram his decision to commit to the USC Trojans. He joins Paul Tyson (Arizona State) and Tommy Brown (Colorado) in choosing a Pac-12 program. Lee brings experience as a starting linebacker to the Trojans defense.

He started in 2019 for the Crimson Tide and earned Freshman All-American honors. Lee posted 86 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and one interception. He would not achieve this level of production in 2020 or 2021, but Lee was a core special teams player. He was on two SEC Championships teams and one national title squad.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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