AJC Super 11 defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson of Henry County High School gave high marks to his recruiting trip to Georgia Tech this weekend.
When asked to rate the visit on a scale of 1-10, Tomlinson said, “I’d say an 8 or 9. It probably would’ve been a 10 if I had gotten up there on Friday. But the Saturday experience was a great experience.”
The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder, who is one of the state’s Top 5 uncommitted prospects, said he was unable to make it on Friday because of wrestling practice at school (he’s a two-time state champion in the heavyweight division) and he was going to watch Eagles Landing Christian Academy in football’s playoff semifinals (wasn’t able to go after all).
Tomlinson was the big man on campus this weekend at Georgia Tech, which also welcomed QB Dennis Andrews of Tallahassee, Fla., and Allatoona High School RB Miles Jones. Andrews committed to Georgia Tech last summer, while Jones is waiting for a scholarship offer.
“It was a pretty good visit,” Tomlinson said. “I like Georgia Tech. I think it’s a pretty good school.”
Tomlinson said his recruiting hosts were a pair of freshmen offensive linemen, Shaq Mason and Errin Joe. He got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.
“I like Coach Johnson,” Tomlinson said. “He’s a pretty honest guy, straight forward and to the point. I trust what he says. He doesn’t fool around. I like his honesty a lot.”
What was the most impressive thing that Johnson said to him? “He thinks that if I come in and work as hard as I can that I have a very good chance of starting my freshman year if I went there.”
Who is Tomlinson favoring? Alabama and Georgia Tech are rumored to be his frontrunners, but Tomlinson maintains that he doesn’t have any leaders. However, Tomlinson admitted on Sunday that “Georgia Tech is up there toward the top of my list.”
What’s next for Tomlinson? He will make official visits to Alabama and Florida over the next two weeks. He hasn’t decided on his last two trips, but will likely go to Tennessee and Indiana in January. Tomlinson stays in contact with UGA and may make an unofficial visit to the Bulldogs.
Tomlinson has a 3.9 GPA and is also being recruited by Harvard and other Ivy League schools.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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