Former Alabama LB Shane Lee Announces Transfer Destination
A former Crimson Tide linebacker has officially found his new home.
Shane Lee, a member of Alabama's 2019 recruiting class, announced his decision to transfer to the University of Southern California on Sunday, becoming the eleventh player to transfer away from Tuscaloosa this season.
After filling for an injured Dylan Moses in his freshman year and finishing second on the team in tackles, Lee became a rotational player and saw less time on the field in his sophomore and junior seasons. In three years in Crimson, the former four-star out of Baltimore finished with 95 tackles, eight TFLs, six sacks and an interception.
With the Tide set to return Henry To'o To'o at inside linebacker as well as Deontae Lawson and now Jaylen Moody, Lee was likely to not see time as a starter and has an excellent chance to find success elsewhere.
USC is set to lose its top inside linebacker this offseason, Kana'i Mauga, and Lee will likely step in and to fill that role. As for the Trojans answer at outside linebacker, Auburn transfer Romello Height is expected to compete for a starting job, meaning the linebacking unit for USC could look totally different in 2022.
For Alabama, the Tide defense returns many of its starters from this season as well as adding the top name in the transfer portal, Eli Ricks, to an already stellar cornerback unit. Fellow incoming transfers, Jahmyr Gibbs and Jermaine Burton, should also step in and be instant impact players for Alabama, replacing Brian Robinson, Jr. and John Metchie who are both NFL bound.
Despite losing eleven players to the transfer portal, Alabama has improved at many crucial positions and added some of the nation's top athletes.