Dalvin Tomlinson, AJC Super 11 DE, has Alabama and Georgia Tech as frontrunners

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Alabama and Georgia Tech are the frontrunners for Henry County defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson, who is a candidate to be Georgia’s No. 1 overall college football prospect for 2012.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder is an AJC Super 11 selection and has around 20+ early scholarship offers, with Florida, Clemson and Indiana filling out the rest of his top five. Tomlinson, who is a two-time state champion in wrestling, has a 3.8 GPA.

“Dalvin is relentless,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier said. “He is at full tilt every play, and looks like he never takes a play off. He goes both ways for us and his motor is always running. The college scouts always talk about that when they watch his film. You just don’t see many high school kids that are relentless and have a motor like him.”

Tomlinson made a recruiting trip to Alabama on Saturday and nearly committed.

“I was tempted to do it,” Tomlinson told the AJC. “But I decided I wanted to wait until I checked out some other schools. I’ll probably make my college decision around the end of my high school season.”

During this past weekend’s visit, Tomlinson got to spend some time with Alabama coach Nick Saban. “Coach Saban was telling me how I would impact the program if I come there,” Tomlinson said. “He was telling me how academics were way more important than sports.”

Alabama was one of the first schools to appear on Tomlinson’s recruiting radar. “They came by to look at another player when Dalvin was a sophomore and they really liked him,” Rozier said. “They loved him at camp last summer. When Coach Saban started looking at film and everything, he said ‘Dalvin is the guy we want. He’s our No. 1 guy.’”

Georgia Tech and UGA are among the 20+ offers for AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County HS (AJC photo by Phil Skinner)

Georgia Tech and UGA are among the 20+ offers for AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County HS (AJC photo by Phil Skinner)

Georgia Tech also has inside position on Tomlinson, who made an unofficial visit to the Yellow Jackets last week. “I like Georgia Tech because of the whole coaching staff, and their academics are pretty good,” said Tomlinson.

Said Rozier, “Same thing with Georgia Tech. Dalvin is their No. 1 guy, too. Academics are very important to Dalvin, and Georgia Tech would be a good fit for him.”

What about UGA? “I know Georgia offered him later than the other schools but he’s always been interested in Georgia,” Rozier said. Tomlinson has interest in Georgia, saying, “I just haven’t had the chance to look closely at their business program.” [Note: Tomlinson wants to study Business, Finance, or Engineering in college]

Tomlinson is a pretty big deal in Henry County, located 35 miles south of Atlanta. He took up wrestling to stay in football shape and got pretty good at it. Over the last two years, Tomlinson has posted a 120-2 record and won two state championships in the Heavyweight division. His first loss was in his first-ever varsity wrestling match, while his only other one was after being disqualified for body-slamming an opponent during a match.

Henry County High School is located on 406 Tomlinson Street, which is named after his relatives. Tomlinson had a family tragedy this summer when his mother, who raised him, passed away due to a longtime illness.

“She meant the world to me,” Tomlinson said. “I’m handling it OK. It’s making me work hard. I want to do things that would make her proud.”

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August 23rd, 2011
12:23 am

Why were we so late on him?


August 23rd, 2011
12:25 am

Business or finance… UGA.


August 23rd, 2011
12:27 am

good luck to him; i think he’s bama bound. we’re in great shape for watkins and atkins, though.

WarHawkRR '07

August 23rd, 2011
12:32 am

DT loves the Dawgs and was a lock to go there until coach Garner took forever to offer him. That gave Alabama too much time to hook him.

I. P. Freely

August 23rd, 2011
12:34 am

I think he is waiting to see how good of a year UGA has before committing. If the dawgs have a good season, he is headed to Athens!

Bama will make it 6

August 23rd, 2011
12:36 am

Five consecutive national championships don’t speak merely to the fact the SEC has the best programs and players in college football, but also to the immeasurable effects that winning one of the toughest titles in all of sports has on the survivor of that league year after year.

If you’re good enough to win the SEC, you’re not just good enough to win the BCS title game. You almost can’t lose it. The game is like a vacation. The challenge is rather an insult.


August 23rd, 2011
12:36 am

Sounds like an excellent young man. Would help out and probably start as a freshman at Tech. Hope pi ks Tech, but if not good luck to him wherever he goes.

Bama will make it 6

August 23rd, 2011
12:40 am

You’ve got the FCS. You’ve got the FBS. And you’ve got the FSECS.

If LSU, Sporting News’ preseason No. 1 team, wins the SEC, it will dismantle Oklahoma or Oregon or whichever other victim is laid before it.

If Alabama brutalizes its way to New Orleans, Katy bar the door—some overmatched boys are gonna get hurt.


August 23rd, 2011
12:46 am

Would love to see him play between the hedges. Dawg fans would show him a lot of love. UGA has one of the best business programs in the nation as well with many alumni connections in Atl

Rocket City Jacket

August 23rd, 2011
12:54 am

@GT Fan Actually, we hold our own against big name programs and SEC schools:

Current 2012 verbal commits:
Will Adams: beat Kentucky, Louisville
Marcus Allen: beat FSU, Nebraska, Tennessee (nearly 30 total offers)
Dennis Andrews: beat Arkansas, Kentucky, Vandy
Roderick Chungong: beat Stanford, Michigan State, Miss State
Antonio Crawford: beat no one of relevance
Pat Gamble: beat Georgia, Stanford, Ole Miss, Miss St
Junior Gnonkonde: very early commit so no other offers
Francis Kallon: beat Stanford, Arkansas
Chase Roberts: no other offers
Tyler Stargel: beat no one of relevance
Micheal Summers: beat Florida, Vandy

We can beat the big boys and the SEC. We have to pick our battles and Dalvin will be a tough one with Alabama.


August 23rd, 2011
1:25 am

He is not going to redneck Athens, he is bama or gt bound


August 23rd, 2011
1:38 am

Guy looks like he’s about 35 years old.


August 23rd, 2011
1:48 am

Sounds like a fantastic athlete and student! Kudos and good luck wherever you go!

230gr Full Metal Jacket

August 23rd, 2011
3:08 am

UGA has one of the best business programs in the nation??????????? What are YOU smokin’ Bull??? They’re not even in the top 3 business schools in the State, much less the Country!!!! The best is Emory, but no football program. Ranked not far behind Emory is Georgia Tech, which is already at the top of his list according to this article. UGA is WAY down the line!

But, I very much get the impression that how GT, UGA, and UA perform this season will have a huge bearing on where he decides to go. Good luck to him wherever he chooses to go (but we’d LOVE to have you on The Flats!!!)


August 23rd, 2011
4:04 am

Gt you had me until the Athens being a red neck town and didn’t include Alabama with that statement. What a maroon.

Cmon man

August 23rd, 2011
5:11 am

Lets see bama or tech we know where this guy is going! (sorry tech fans maybe next yr)


August 23rd, 2011
5:28 am

Before anybody starts crying and bashing cmr and staff please know that the top 3 dl prospects on the board is jonathan taylor(committed), jon atkins(top 2), and jordan watkins(top3) but since all of follow the uga program im sure you already knew this!


August 23rd, 2011
6:41 am

This kid is a stud! UGA needs to work to seal the deal, but I am afraid it’s too late, Bama stole another one.

I do find humor in his coach saying, “he goes both ways for us”. If I were Tomlinson I think I would prefer coach say, “he plays offense and defense”. Just sayin’….


August 23rd, 2011
6:43 am

Will he make a football decision or an academic decision?

Note: Tomlinson wants to study Business, Finance, or Engineering in college”

If he does not know yet he will probably go the school that is the strongest in all three.

Bama Fan#2

August 23rd, 2011
6:54 am

Good luck Dalvin where ever you play college football.
People who try to say Athens or Tuscaloosa is a red
neck town are STUPID. People that live up north or
west all think the south is redneck. RTR

Jacket Man

August 23rd, 2011
6:58 am

Dalvin is a regular on the GA Tech campus, watching the guys practice when he has a chance to get away from Henry County. In fact, he was just on campus with a younger teammate. Anyone thinking he’s a lock for Alabama should think again. However, no GA Tech fan should get too comfortable (should I remind everyone of the Tuitt situation?).

Regardless of his decision, Dalvin deserves nothing but the best in his life, and I’m sure that I speak for all of GA Tech’s Coaches and Staff when I say best of luck no matter where you choose to play; but hopefully it’s with the Yellow Jackets!

Tokyo jacket

August 23rd, 2011
7:04 am

Tech reeling in a likely 5-star player, I’ll believe it when I see it. I am happy to see that we have a chance though. We had a lot of second place finishes last year in recruiting. Hopefully we can turn one or two of those into some bigger names this year.


August 23rd, 2011
7:36 am

“He was telling me how academics were way more important than sports.”

I just spit my drink.


August 23rd, 2011
7:43 am

He’s not coming to UGA, mark it down. Likely ends up at Bama. Good luck to the kid, hope he has a successful career on and off the field. GO DAWGS!

Saban says the climate of redshirting freshmen has changed

August 23rd, 2011
7:53 am

“But it’s my sense in this climate that we play in right now, if a guy can help our team, we will play him as a freshman. That’s always been the philosophy. That continues to be the philosophy.”

“Guys graduate more quickly, so we have quite a few our guys that graduate in three, three-and-a-half years. I think if a guy needs the development or is not in a position to be helpful to the team and the experience that he would gain by playing is not sorta contributing in a positive way to his development, then it’s probably not worth it. But if a guy can do that, we’ll certainly play him.”


August 23rd, 2011
8:16 am

I hope he doesn’t commit to Bama for what is basically a tryout to make the team, but if he does then congratulations to him. He’s still going to school for free. 3.8 GPA in highschool is a 4.0 at Bama. Not to bash the UGA fans, but did anyone that thinks he’s athens bound read the article??? Not in the top 5. Would love to see him in old gold and white, body slamming (see I read the article) opponents quarterbacks for the next few years!


August 23rd, 2011
8:23 am

I work with a guy that is good friends with DT uncle and he told me that he is more likely to go to GT bc its alot closer to home!

NYC Jacket

August 23rd, 2011
8:29 am

It makes sense he is drawn to the Tech coaching staff, especially if he wants to play defense. Al Groh is one of the best out there when it comes to teaching the 3 – 4 defense. Just ask his past and current players. And maybe more importantly than that, Al Groh is a class act.

Al Groh Video:



August 23rd, 2011
8:40 am

Is Al Groh still alive and kicking? Hmmmm…imagine that.

Paul N Destin

August 23rd, 2011
8:43 am

Nick Saban is working 24 X 7! He will not get them all but the guy is trying harder than most to get them all. You might not like his style but you have to admit he’s a worker. The parents like the guy because they understand he will mold their son into a man. It’s a long time before this kid signs on the dotted line so he can land at any school.


August 23rd, 2011
8:52 am

Either way, Alabama or GT, Dalvin can’t go wrong. Al Groh and Nick Saban were both trained by the best in the business on how to successfully utilize the 3-4 defense to crush offensives (i.e., Bill Belichick.) My hope is that Dalvin is leaning toward GT…

Go Jackets!!!

Bob Loblaw

August 23rd, 2011
8:54 am

Good luck DT. Go Dawgs!!! Keep studying hard!

For all of the numskulls on here that think UGA offers “too late,” we have to wait a little longer than out of state schools since there are 150 D1 prospects in the state that mostly grew up Dawg fans. We have 18 scholarships this year. Do the math.

Lowcountry bulldawg is a d---he

August 23rd, 2011
8:54 am

Attend UGA = lifelong loser, eventually will end up on scangwinnett.com

Attend Alabama = will win national championship, play in NFL

Attend Tech = get a good degree and a well paying job

Brown Dog

August 23rd, 2011
8:59 am

Bob, given the realities of recruiting these days, wouldn’t you think the Georgia coaches might figure out a way to do their assessments earlier?

We’re hearing the same thing from kid after kid after kid. Georgia offered me late.

if he goes to alabama

August 23rd, 2011
9:09 am

it was not because of academics. tide grads are dumb as dirt.


August 23rd, 2011
9:14 am

Fire these clowns in Athens. UGA is # 31 in recruiting for the next class. UGA is way behind Bama, Auburn, LSU, South Carolina and even Clemson. Im sick of Richts crap.

GT Fan

August 23rd, 2011
9:14 am

Come to Tech Dalvin. We’d love to see you playing on the Flats!

Go Jackets!

if he goes to alabama

August 23rd, 2011
9:20 am

he will always have to worry that he could lose his spot due to the tide’s ‘over signing’ policy. you know that cute little thing that sabin likes to do to pick an chose the recruits he wants to keep.

would alabama keep him on schollie if he was unable to play fb anymore like gt did for one of its players? not a snowball’s chance in hell.

as far as being there no1 target goes, when cpj and gt say he is their no 1 target i tend to believe them. after all gt is not in on too many 4-5 star players. on the other hand…. i find it highly disingenuous for sabin to say that. alabama is probably in on every 5 star athlete in the country and many of the 4 star athletes. they all cant be the no1 target can they.

i imagine sabin says that to EVERY 4-5 star player he has a sit down with.

can you say slimy?

Richt should be toast

August 23rd, 2011
9:21 am

Fire Rodney Garner. This clown is a joke.

Dream Team II ?

August 23rd, 2011
9:23 am

So much for our next recruiting class. Richt is still asleep at the wheel.

Bob Loblaw

August 23rd, 2011
9:28 am

Brown Dog

I hear what they are saying. I wonder if they could let us know when that magical deadline is? So getting an offer before your senior season has started is too late? Some of these parents and coaches need to wake these kids up and tell them to be HUMBLE. It is still a scholarship regardless of when it is presented.

The whole “too late to offer” thing is really getting old. Just go where you’ve always dreamed of going. If it’s not a GOOD FIT, then go somewhere else. Time to step up, parents.

Bob Loblaw

August 23rd, 2011
9:31 am

I really hope this kid picks GT, if not UGA. Stay in state. Tech is a much, much, much better school than Bammer. Lets be honest.


August 23rd, 2011
9:42 am

“Coach Saban was telling me… how academics were way more important than sports.”

Say what???

Bama in Atlanta

August 23rd, 2011
9:52 am

That would be a big get since we will be losing some key defensive personnel after this year. Would have been nice to have him and Clowney attacking from each side but if if and buts were beer and nuts we would all have a Merry Christmas.


August 23rd, 2011
10:00 am

If Saban can convince a kid to choose Bama over Tech (or even UGA) for academics, he is even a better salesman than he gets credit for. I’ve seen a lot of rankings for academics, and there is a lot of inconsistency because of the subjective nature of it. But I don’t remember ever seeing Alabama ranked in anyone’s top 20. In anything (not having to do with athletics).


August 23rd, 2011
10:07 am

Go to Tech so your friends and family can drive up to Atlanta on Saturdays and see you play in person.

Ramblin Man

August 23rd, 2011
10:15 am

Would be nice to see Dalvin on the flats and he can’t go wrong picking GT for the majors listed. Would probably start as a freshman and would be huge on a recruiting standpoint. Not holding my breath and agree with other posters saying it will depend how the teams play on the field. Good luck to you Dalvin.


August 23rd, 2011
10:20 am

Roll Tide-Dalvin… Join Geno, Dillon,Kenyan and the rest of the Georgia boys in Tuscaloosa.

Bama in Atlanta

August 23rd, 2011
10:24 am


Good question regarding ranking of business schools because I haven’t seen a list lately either. I Googled it and found a 2011 Businessweek ranking of undergrad business schools (link below) and it has the following:

#50 – GT
#57 – UGA
#75 – Bama

Another interesting stat is the median starting salary for grads, which are:

Bama – $57K
GT – $50K
UGA – $44K

One can always focus in on one particular stat in which to base an argument but I think the bottom line is that all three universities have good business schools. Or, as the DirecTV commercial ad exec says, 90% of all statistics can be manipulated to say anything you want……..50% of the time!

Bama in Atlanta

August 23rd, 2011
10:24 am