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 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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