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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.”

AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County HS (AJC photo by Phil Skinner)

AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County HS (AJC photo by Phil Skinner)

  • What does DT like about Alabama? “They were one of the first schools to recruit me,” Tomlinson said. “When I went down there over the summer, I got to sit down with some of the players and it just felt like I was at home.”
  • Indiana? They are the surprise school among Tomlinson’s finalists. He has been high on the school after visiting it over the summer. “I want to major and Entrepreneurship and Accounting. Indiana has the top business school up there, and the No. 1 Entrepreneurship program in the nation. I went there this summer and loved the academics.”
  • Georgia Tech? Tomlinson has developed a close friendship with Yellow Jackets assistant Joe Speed and is being recruited to play defensive end and defensive tackle. “It’s a good school with good academics and good coaches,” he said.
  • UGA? He likes the Bulldogs but they are behind some of the other schools because they were later to offer a scholarship. “Other schools offered earlier and had a headstart and everything. I started building relationships with other schools and I’m liking them more. That kind of had a factor in it.”

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.

Walton HS OL Harrison Davis (left) with his grandfather (middle) and father, ex-Georgia Tech star John Davis

Walton HS OL Harrison Davis (left) with his grandfather (middle) and father, ex-Georgia Tech star John Davis

  • RELATED: Walton High School offensive lineman Harrison Davis (6-3, 250) has committed to The Citadel. He’s the son of former Georgia Tech All-American and ex-NFL offensive lineman John Davis. Said Harrison, “I like the discipline required at The Citadel, the prestige of having the option of pursuing a career in the military, the degree I can obtain from graduating from The Citadel, and that I already have a great relationship with the coaching staff.”
  • Stone Mountain High School offensive guard Micah “Snacks” Anderson (6-3, 365) committed to Western Kentucky. “They took a chance on me, and it’s a great place to be” … Southwest DeKalb High School athlete Toran Davis was offered by Ohio University.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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SEC Fact Finder

October 25th, 2011
12:45 am

A smart young man with academics playing a key component in his decision making will always make the best decision for himself. Good Luck and keep working hard on the academics. That diploma you get from college will make your life a much easier road than any 7 or 8 year career in the NFL.

chuck

October 25th, 2011
1:35 am

UGA behind in recruiting. Gee, where have we heard that before? CMR is a wonderful human being BUT he isn’t smart enough or hard working enough to manage a top tier football team. Less than 50 miles from CMR’s office is Buford High School which has two of the top 100 players in the nation. If we ranked the top teams in the SEC in order of how many times their head coach has visited that school, CMR would rank in the bottom third. We are being out worked and out managed. CMR can’t get the concept that recruiting is an every year job.

c'mon man

October 25th, 2011
1:36 am

Good article on recruiting. DAWGS need another Dream team but may have to wait until 2013 to get it.

This year is falling below expectations in recruiting with the swirl early in the season of uncertainty. Glad Richt has righted the ship and look forward to a gator meal this week.

Go DAWGS!

GTPhenom

October 25th, 2011
2:36 am

With his standing as a student, it would be great to get him here on the Flats. But wherever he decides to go, I wish him luck, make sure to get a degree, it will take you farther than anything else, and he seems to fully understand that.

Paddy

October 25th, 2011
6:25 am

Looks like any school would be lucky to have this kind of person at their University.

Da'Rick is 0 for 2!

October 25th, 2011
6:55 am

Very smart young man that will do fine on the field and life, however, I hope somewhere along the line he learns not to be hoodwinked. UGA was late to offer because unlike others (BAMA) when UGA offers a scholly they actually plan on sticking to their word. At Bama you are nothing more than the flavor of the week. Good luck with the gray shirt there. What? You don’t know what a gray shirt is? Ask the 4 kids wearing one from last years class Satan, I mean Saban signed.

I don’t understand high school coachs that aren’t telling these kids that timing of the offer may not mean they were less interested, simply that they were careful not to waste your time or theirs.

Tennesee started a freshmen QB this week. With all the money Mr. Nash has I would have thought he would have bought his son a starting spot by now, guess college play isn’t for sale like high school.

Not very good, anyway

October 25th, 2011
6:56 am

Last Friday night, I saw a 5′11″offensive tackle hold his own against him.

bubba4dawgs

October 25th, 2011
6:58 am

Here goes another one…….to Alabama! I don’t understand it! Nick Saban must have some kind of magic over there! He seems to get most all of the good ones while Ga. sits in the corner. Somethings missing in your recruiting department Coach Richt. This guy just might be another Clowney and he’s getting away. No loyalty in the state is there!!!! GO DAWGS ANYWAY! Oh, and go get some recruiters and you just might begin to win some championships!!

Ramblin Man

October 25th, 2011
7:02 am

Dalvin seems to have his head on straight. Good luck to the kid and I can only hope he ends up on the flats as the D-line could REALLY use him.

bubba4dawgs

October 25th, 2011
7:03 am

How often do you hear that a good prospect hasn’t even heard from UGA! It all starts with recruiting, Coach Richt. Heck, James Franklin at Vandy is flying around Nashville to all the high schools watching high school games and down to Georgia as well. I’m sure you’re busy but you need some help and dedication from your recruiters. Nick Saban is beating you to the punch as is Les Miles. GO GO GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

Dawginit.

October 25th, 2011
7:17 am

Chuck,

As a high school coach I have seen many of the other big name high schools offer kids and then say the kid has to wait to commit. The kids get all excited and then when they are ready to commit they are told they no longer have a spot for them. UGA is doing things the right way and not just screwing around by offering 200 kinds in the state of Ga and hoping to see which ones stick.

Well Said

October 25th, 2011
7:29 am

Exactly right @Dawginit. Saban, Miles, Nutt and others throw scholly’s around like candy. And if you don’t jump in the candy dish right away you miss out. I do get tired of hearing UGA was slow to offer, but I also appreciate that when Richt does offer a kid, its legit.

lilburndawg

October 25th, 2011
8:00 am

And cue Tide Roll in 5..4..3..2..1..

Maybe this is one reason

October 25th, 2011
8:03 am

Kent State W 48-7
Penn State W 27-11
North Texas W 41-0
Arkansas W 38-14
Florida W 38-10
Vanderbilt W 34-0
Ole Miss W 52-7
Tennessee W 37-6

News | MrSEC.com

October 25th, 2011
8:03 am

[...] would like to visit Clemson.2. Defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson will visit Alabama and Indiana. His other visits are unknown.3. Highly-touted tailback Keith Marshall took a visit to Notre Dame last weekend.4. Georgia [...]

Bulldawg Rick

October 25th, 2011
8:05 am

B est to Ya Dalvin – Keep up the classwork… You have your priorities right…. In the event (hopefully not) you are unable to go to the next level after college – you’ll have your brain to fall back on… Many do not do the same..

Would be great to see you in the Red & Black…. Best to you wherever you go to school!!

Maybe this is one reason

October 25th, 2011
8:08 am

No. 2 Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense (6.88 points per game), rushing defense (44.88 yards per game), pass efficiency defense (83.63 rating) and total defense allowing a mere 180.5 yards per game. Alabama also has the nation’s third best pass defense allowing just 135.6 yards per game.

Buzzfan

October 25th, 2011
8:28 am

Mr Tomlinson has been thru a tough year…..more than a young man his age should have to deal with. Love for him to be a Jacket, but mostly hope he takes his time and makes the best choice for his future. Will follow his career regardless of where he signs! His mama raised him well!

SECIsFootball

October 25th, 2011
8:47 am

Da’Rick is 0 for 2!….The old Saban will pull your scholarship line. I would ask you to name someone “cut” from the alabama team for something other than medical or disciplinary reasons but like all other UGA fans on here, I doubt you would answer that because it won’t help your arguement. Maybe if you quit with the accusations against one of the best coaches and college football (who is breaking no rules at all) and look at your own coaching staff who can neither evaluate, recruit or develop talent, you would find the right people to blame for these kids wanting to go out of state instead of being dawgs. You guys got your fair share last year with the “dream team” gimmick but look at the recruiting in the state of GA now. UGA has only TWO of the top 25 kids in state committed with many of those top players committed elsewhere or looking out of state. It isn’t Saban’s fault you coach seems to be inept when it comes to timing on recruiting these top kids!

SECIsFootball

October 25th, 2011
8:51 am

Dawginit…do you mean in the same manner of those 2 Carver-Columbus kids that Richt offered a couple of year ago and when they were about commit on their visit, he told them no thanks??? You guys really need to quit it with the holier than thou Mark Richt crap. Maybe if he was more like other coaches knew what they were getting paid to do, UGA wouldn’t be this underachieving monster they are every year. And…come back to me when Nick Saban is breaking rules regarding recruiting. You guys are pathetic. Once you get Richt out of there and you get a coach with the same type mentality as Saban, you will be all for the way he recruits. The company line will go from “he is doing it the right way” to “scholarships are a one year contract and he is breaking no rules”. Wait and see.

coach

October 25th, 2011
8:54 am

He would be “the guy” in Tech’s defense, a difference maker that we have been lacking. And the diploma would be the best anywhere.

Dawginit.

October 25th, 2011
9:10 am

SECIsFootball

One time is a mistake. Doing it over and over is almost criminal.

And for the record, I have never said what they are doing is breaking the rules but it’s a very underhanded way of dealing with high school kids.

Maybe this is one reason

October 25th, 2011
9:15 am

Ole Miss took a 7-0 lead with a 72-yard drive on its first possession. By the time Ole Miss cracked 80 total yards, it was late in the third quarter and Alabama had built a 45-7 lead

SECIsFootball

October 25th, 2011
9:31 am

Dawginit….Its whining is what it is. Since you know so much about these kids Saban is so “underhanded with”, please name me one player from Alabama who was tossed off the team for something other than not getting medical clearance from team doctors or disciplinary reasons. These kids know what they are getting into. We had a recruit last year, Chris Jones, say as much. He stated in an article that his scholarship was a one year contract and he has to put in the work to keep it. So until you can prove that Saban is leading these kids to believe that a scholarship is a 4-5 year promise and then pulling the rug from under him, all you are doing is whining and making excuses for why Saban is a better recruiter than Richt. He is such a mean, underhanded guy yet he is still pulling better recruiting classes than 90% of the schools in D1 football.

Dawginit.

October 25th, 2011
9:35 am

Please point to where I have said Saban?

Gator Bob

October 25th, 2011
9:39 am

This kid is Bama bound – count on it!

Nothing wrong with UGA getting in “late”.
Schools need to be deliberate – and it seems to me – if you don’t go after a kid that is now in diapers – you are behind.

McDawg

October 25th, 2011
9:40 am

academics are important so i think i’ll go to Bama?????

or does Saban’s nose just feel really good tucked up in there

SEC Commissioner

October 25th, 2011
9:55 am

For those of you who continually spew lies and total untruths about other schools who ” pull offers, lie to kids, offer 200 kids, underhanded tactics and on and on and on….

You are the ones lying and making up false stories to prop up your reasoning for your school. I can think of only one school where a scholarship was pulled last minute and a great deal of that was academic related.

Stop making up lies and focus on the good work your school is doing.

SEC Commissioner

October 25th, 2011
9:58 am

Every around here should be worried about The Gators and Auburn and then making it to the Dome.

Dawginit.

October 25th, 2011
9:59 am

SEC Commissioner

Haha, you couldn’t find where I said your precious Saban so you changed handles. Pathetic.

tide roll

October 25th, 2011
10:01 am

JEEPERS GEORGIA! COME ON. REALLY? The frustrating thing is the kid would be an All-Conference Center, and UGA knows it! He’s an All-State Wrestler and DOMINATED the Defensive End at Sandy Creek who’s headed to Florida. Oh well, Dawgs will be fine with their all private school, all legacy lineup, of Greg Pyke,( Maryland- THE Boys Latin School – smallest student enrollment in the Universe), John Theus ( Fla.- THE Bolles Academy), David Andrews (THE Weslyan School), Watts Dantzler (Legacy), Hunter Long (THE Memphis Christian School), Austin Long ( THE Memphis Christian School), Hell, if your school name doesn’t start with THE, you’re simply not worthy to play offensive line for Georgia. Ya’ll need to change your name to some stuck up school like THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA DESCIMINATORY EXCLUSIVE ACADEMY INSTITUTE, because that’s how you like to picture yourselves. I think you’re on your way. The Vandy game’s a great example. Why be the Bulldogs? Your new nickname could be the WASPS (White Anglo Saxon Protestants). Goooo WASPS, Sting ‘em!!

Paul N Destin

October 25th, 2011
10:01 am

LOL…Richt and Garner late to the party again…..Nick Saban doesn’t sleep at night. Rodney Garner recruits by the recruiting websites only. UGA gets some stars but you get more thugs than stars. Are you folks blind or just plain stupid.

SEC Commissioner

October 25th, 2011
10:08 am

Dawginit.

October 25th, 2011
9:59 am
SEC Commissioner

Haha, you couldn’t find where I said your precious Saban so you changed handles. Pathe

Wrong..I just checked into this blog..and read your crap and where did I SAY Saban? Speaking to your lies and others…

ArobUGA

October 25th, 2011
10:11 am

I find it entertaining that right after having a great recruiting class, which almost every member credited Coach Richt with being the reason they came, people turn on Richt and insult his recruiting skills every time they see we did not get an in state prospect. People need to realize that a ton of GA high school football players go on to play Div 1 and UGA can only sign around 25 of them at most, they can not put their full 100% effort it recruiting every one of them. The coaches know the team needs better than unexperienced couch QBs whose only back ground is at most a few years of pre college football and a whole lot of tv watching, trust them. Go Dawgs.

Dawginit.

October 25th, 2011
10:18 am

SEC Commissioner

Troll gotta troll…

I have seen it with my own eyes and players. Everything I have said is the truth and I couldn’t care less what an internet troll has to say.

dap01

October 25th, 2011
10:22 am

Dalvin: How do you know that you won’t be one of the players at Alabama who simply drops off the radar each year due to Saban’s well documented practice of over signing each year?

RRTDawgs

October 25th, 2011
10:24 am

Maybe with UGA’s defense on the rise GT on a loosing streak Tomlinson should give the dawgs a second look i am sick of the late offer crap Jarvis Jones is up for a major award for top LB lot of players are buying into CTG 3-4 defense .

ATL Sports Fan

October 25th, 2011
10:27 am

Tide Roll since you know all there is about offensive linemen why is he not being recruited as such?Dalvin does not want to play O-line in college. He wants to play on the defensive side of the ball and that’s where he is going to play.

Why isn’t Saban recruiting him as an offensive linemen? Please tell everyone. He is not be recruited as an offensive linemen!!! Thanks a lot for making my race look bad with your blatinat racism!!

Blackoutanyone?

October 25th, 2011
10:28 am

Is this really news? Bama will sign 5 of the AJC Super 11 this year.. including #1 Jordan Jenkins. Not to mention the top 2 for 2013 are Bama locks. Saban controls recruiting in the state of Georgia.

RRTDawgs

October 25th, 2011
10:34 am

Bama can’t get everyone if UGA finish’s strong then we have a great class the only guy right now that i know is lock for UGA is Kieth Marshall everything one else is up in the air .

coachx

October 25th, 2011
10:37 am

I wish the young man the best. Too bad they don’t make many as good as him…….both on and off the field.

I hope UGA can close the gap………….if not the Tide will have a gem.

Dawgs vs. Tide in the SEC Championship Game !

Calling them out

October 25th, 2011
10:37 am

chuck
October 25th, 2011
1:35 am

UGA behind in recruiting. Gee, where have we heard that before?. Less than 50 miles from CMR’s office is Buford High School which has two of the top 100 players in the nation.

The dough boy playing offensive line looks really good playing against those 220 lb defensive tackles in AA. He won’t see the field for 3 years at LSU.

The great white hope playing linebacker is so overrated it is funny.

Calling them out

October 25th, 2011
10:46 am

Maybe this is one reason
October 25th, 2011
8:03 am

Kent State W 48-7 1-6
Penn State W 27-11 7-1
North Texas W 41-0 3-5
Arkansas W 38-14 6-1 2-1
Florida W 38-10 4-3 2-3
Vanderbilt W 34-0 4-3 1-3
Ole Miss W 52-7 2-5 0-4
Tennessee W 37-6 3-4 0-4

Yep. And UGA’s schedule is “easy”?

McDawg

October 25th, 2011
11:24 am

i thought we were Thug U but now we are the Private Prep White Boy School

after all Saban does live in Ga

SEC Commissioner

October 25th, 2011
11:55 am

Dawginit.

October 25th, 2011
10:18 am
SEC Commissioner

Troll gotta troll…

I have seen it with my own eyes and players. Everything I have said is the truth and I couldn’t care less what an internet troll has to say.

Your statements reflect your inferior knowledge of football. Your ignorance reflects your lack of IQ.
As for the “troll” comment..please look at the top of the Heading on the page. “Recruiting’ Not Junkyard Blawg is posted.

Please take that chain off your wallet that is hooked to your belt loop and give it back your dawg.

True Dawg Fan

October 25th, 2011
11:59 am

Blackoutanyone?

October 25th, 2011
10:28 am
Is this really news? Bama will sign 5 of the AJC Super 11 this year.. including #1 Jordan Jenkins. Not to mention the top 2 for 2013 are Bama locks. Saban controls recruiting in the state of Georgia.

ahahhahahahahaha Saban by no means owns anything in this state moron. Georgia is a top HS football state. We put out a ton of D1 players every year. CANT sign them all unless you oversign like SATAN does. Those poor kids that were all excited to play for Bamer then to realize they arent getting a scholarship bc 2 better players went ahead and accepted their offers. Way to go Satan you found your loophole in the system.

When he realizes that bama doesnt have a good anything academics he will straight over to our amazing business program at Terry.

Bamer might get a small handful of recruits every year from Georgia, but he also loses lots of alabama recruits to Auburn. So dont ocme in here saying u get all the recruits when you dont even dominate your own state in recruiting!

True Dawg Fan

October 25th, 2011
12:09 pm

SEC Commissioner

I wonder when this idiot will get a life and stop commenting on Oline. He must be a chubby chaser!

Question,Please

October 25th, 2011
12:41 pm

Why is this racist idiot tide roll not getting his post that he makes,which are always about race banned from these blogs ????? Please give me an answer please.

Question,Please

October 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

Also when is Saban headed to Texas for his 10 year 75 million dollar contract ??

Whitejeezus

October 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Maybe Richt should just pray about it? I wonder what all these dumb UGA rednex will be saying after a beat up (thanks to Saban and Co) Gator team beats them. . .again. Maybe call for a change in coordinators?;-0