Dalvin Tomlinson, the AJC Super 11 defensive end who is one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects, has decided on at least two of his five official visits.
And the first two winners are?
“I know I’m taking one to Alabama for sure, and most likely Indiana,” Tomlinson told the AJC. “The other ones, I have to think about.”
The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is also being heavily recruited by Georgia Tech, UGA, Florida, Clemson and Stanford – and will decide between those schools for his final three recruiting trips. This season, Tomlinson has made unofficial visits to Georgia Tech (twice), UGA and Florida State.
“He has got a ‘poker face’ with his recruiting; he hasn’t made a decision yet and he’s weighing his options,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier said. “Academics are important to his recruiting because he’s got a 3.9 GPA with honors.”
For a senior as highly recruited as Tomlinson, he is a little bit behind in the process with naming a top five or setting any dates for official visits. Tomlinson has a good reason for the delay. “I’ve been trying to do my AP work and my classes, and focusing on my high school season. I’ve been slowing down on recruiting so I could take care of my schoolwork.”
As with any elite prospect, there are rumors surrounding Tomlinson. What about the rumor that he could play offensive line rather than defense in college? “Early on, Alabama’s offensive line coach said ‘I want him’ and the defensive line coach said ‘No, I want him,’” Rozier said. “But no, I haven’t heard about offensive line from any of the schools that are really after him. I keep hearing defense.” Added Tomlinson, “I’ve had a few schools mention offensive line to me awhile back. I play it in high school, but that’s only because we’re short on offensive linemen and I do it for the team. I prefer to play defense a whole lot more.”
Tomlinson is also a two-time state champion in wrestling, and found out last week that he is the No. 9-ranked wrestler in the country in the heavyweight division. He only took up the sport to stay in shape for football and has flourished.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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