Dalvin Tomlinson, AJC Super 11 DE, rates his visit to Georgia Tech as ‘8 or 9′

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.”

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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.”

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 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.


  • Where was Mark Richt on Sunday night? He and his RB coach, Bryan McClendon, made an in-home visit with Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C. Marshall is ranked as the No. 1 RB in the nation by Scout.com. Marshall will announce on Tuesday afternoon between UGA and Clemson, along with Florida, South Carolina and Notre Dame.
  • Stunning recruiting news on Sunday night: Stephenson’s Mike Davis, who some say is the state’s No. 1 RB, abruptly de-committed from Florida after being committed for nearly a year to the Gators. Davis said there was a “misunderstanding with the Florida coaches” and declined to comment further. He did not sound happy. Want to know more? Click here. Davis made an official visit to Tennessee this weekend, and said he will visit Florida State, Alabama, South Carolina and Miami. Don’t rule out Georgia Tech, which gave Davis an early offer last year.
  • Mays DB JT Blasingame

    Mays DB JT Blasingame

  • JT Blasingame, the speedy DB from Mays High School, committed to Rice on Sunday. The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder picked Rice over Air Force and Western Michigan, and also had serious interest from Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Wake Forest. “I visited Rice this weekend, and I got a good feeling about the school and the Houston area,” Blasingame said. He has a 3.3 GPA and plans to major in Engineering or Mathematics. He finished his senior year with 88 tackles, 2 interceptions and 13 pass breakups.
  • It will be a busy week for Banneker DB Chaz Elder. He has in-home visits with coaches from UGA, South Carolina and Arkansas on back-to-back-to-back days. Elder will have a delayed arrival for his official visit this weekend to UGA because he is taking the ACT on Saturday morning. South Carolina is considered the school to beat for Elder.
  • UGA’s streak of 10 straight years of finishing in the Top 10 of the Rivals.com is in jeopardy. They are No. 22 with this year’s class. Will they make up enough ground to crack the Top 1o? Go here to vote
  • Basketball: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski quietly slipped into Atlanta on Friday night to make yet another personal appearance to scout Miller Grove High School power forward Tony Parker, who is Georgia’s top uncommitted prospect. The 6-9, 280-pound Parker is rumored to have Duke and Ohio State as his frontrunners, while also considering UCLA and Memphis.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Jackets '08

December 5th, 2011
12:50 am

First? Go Jackets! Sounds like a great kid hopefully he stays home at GT

Redneckville Athens

December 5th, 2011
12:56 am

Hope the kid stays home and reps the yellow jackets…. We need defense. Go Jackets!!!!


December 5th, 2011
2:23 am

I’ve been thing that PJ & Groh need to use the early playing time as a major recruiting pitch for top notch Defensive talent. It is the truth, we all know how badly we need help on the Defensive side.

I think that his decision will come down how much early PT means to him. If he doesn’t mind sittin for 2-3 yrs & waiting his turn, the Bama is the obvious choice, but if he wants to play early, then GT is probably a good one.


December 5th, 2011
4:53 am

Demaryius Thomas.. Calvin Johnson. Morgan Burnett
What more can you say?
What great representatives of Ga Tech!!


December 5th, 2011
7:59 am

Dalvin please come play for tech we need you on defense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bitter "spoiled recruit"

December 5th, 2011
8:00 am

does it matter if you only get 100% out of your defence——-bobo and richt can learn a serious leason


————————simple——hard work—-pays —–off—————-not petting and kissing players


December 5th, 2011
8:01 am

Sounds like he would fit right in the UGA defense perfectly to me. But I too would love to see DT staying in the home state, I hate seeing high quality recrutis leaving Georgia.

bitter "spoiled recruit"

December 5th, 2011
8:03 am


——he and the rest of the offence would last 2 hrs with —–coach—GRANTHAM—–FACT

bitter "spoiled recruit"

December 5th, 2011
8:07 am

there was never a differance in coach dooly and erk russel—————-both sides of the ball were tough


—————–richt is soft—————–break down the sec champ game======soft-soft-soft–offence

————————-killer——-”D”——-untill murry’s—big game melt down——turnovers


December 5th, 2011
8:40 am

This guy would be the toast of the town. What an opportunity for this kid at Tech.

Ramblin Man

December 5th, 2011
8:44 am

Hope he comes to GT, but do not be surprised if he ends up on the o-line

Ramblin Man

December 5th, 2011
8:48 am

Hope CPJ was at the very least on the phone calling Davis yesterday

Jacket Man

December 5th, 2011
9:06 am

Dalvin is a tremendous all-around student athlete; on the field/other athletic endeavors, in the classroom, as well as personal/family matters. If there was ever a person who would be embraced by the Yellow Jacket extended family/Nation, Dalvin would be our “poster child”!

Personally, I think Alabama has jerked Dalvin around to the point that they have slipped down his list; probably down list is also accurate. It just seems like Dalvin isn’t the same priority for the Crimson Tide that he is for GA Tech, meaning he would be more of a “number” on their depth chart, very much with the possibility of playing on their scout team away from home, even if they eventually came back and started showing more interest in him.

UGA has just started “sniffing” around Dalvin like he’s an afterthought, which is an insult in my opinion; I can’t speak for Talvin, but he’s no dummy…Indiana has been speaking with him for quite a while, and their biggest advantage is that they offer wrestling. However, their football program isn’t so good, they’re a long way from home, and their games would rarely be broadcast in Atlanta.

Therefore, in my humble opinion, I think GA Tech should have a decent chance of signing Dalvin because they want him, and have shown him that from the get-go. He knows he’ll get a great education, which is important to him, and the campus is close enough to him that he can see his family and they can watch him play, which could be very early when he arrives on campus.

Hayseed Dixie

December 5th, 2011
9:24 am

All great points, Jacket Man.

I’m sure Tech’s current d-line plays as hard as it can, but it shouldn’t be too hard for top-shelf kids to break in and get the ‘one’ spot.

Francis Kallon and Dalvin Tomlinson playing up to their full potential, wreaking havoc up front, would be as much of a game changer for Tech as I could imagine.

Never mind both of them seem to be academic all-stars. A true ‘Tech’ d-line.


December 5th, 2011
9:46 am

Dalvin is a great kid but can only go to one school. For those whom it doesn’t work out for you NEED to look at Allatoona’s DE Bryson Brindle. He has 126 tackles was All-Co, All-region his junior year and is a 2x State placer in wrestling like Dalvin and was All-Co in wrestling his junior year. 6′2” 230 natural athlete. Here is the link to his highlight video http://www.hudl.com/athlete/275164/bryson-brindle


December 5th, 2011
10:02 am

Come be a Jacket, Dalv! Be a cornerstone to rebuild this D line like it was a few years ago with Big Vance, Darryl, and Michael!


December 5th, 2011
10:04 am

Oh, and let’s not forget Derrick!

Tokyo jacket

December 5th, 2011
10:11 am

Really need Dalvin and a couple others to get this class from “solid” to “talented.” Dalvin could be at the heart of an excellent defensive class with Kallon already there and Shumate a possible commit.

Tokyo jacket

December 5th, 2011
10:30 am

Michael, I’d love to get your take, or that of your coworkers, on the level of recruits GT is getting and the level of recruits GT needs to be CONSISTENTLY competitive with anyone on our schedule. After watching the UGA game, it was obvious they had the faster, stronger kids. After watching the LSU/UGA game, it was obvious that LSU was that much more dominant than UGA. My concern is that as well as we run the TO, our roster still looks like a group of 8-4 players. We just don’t seem to have the talent to make up for a game where we come out lackluster (see UVA and UM and UGA in some respects).

Looking back, I can’t help but think if we had brought in some of the near misses from last year like Tuitt and Grant, as well as some slightly more talented linemen, that we’d be a 10-2 team instead of an 8-4 team. I see us looking at the same situation this year w/ Tomlinson and Shumate (fortunately with Kallon already coming). That group has the potential of being very impactful, if they come. Thoughts on recrutiing outlook and strategies and impact to on-field performance?

Tokyo jacket

December 5th, 2011
10:35 am

Offensive linemen that is. Against lower competition, they dominate. Against better competition, they seem to get pushed back w/ no time for passing.

If do right, no can defense

December 5th, 2011
10:39 am

Goodness knows we need some good D-linemen for the 3-4. Tomlinson and Kallon are good starts, though we still need that monster DT… we have a good, fast LB group capable of getting pressure, but only if our D-linemen double or triple team on the O-line.

With most of our secondary returning next year (Reid is a senior), but 2/3 of our starting D-line graduating, we need some talent upfront in the trenches. Also, we need a good fullback recruit… with Lyons leaving, I don’t think we have a good solid blocking-type back (in the mold of Anthony Allen), all of our RBs are fast, shifty types. Maybe Sims will add some muscle in the offseason…


December 5th, 2011
10:53 am

If he’s going to school for its academic prowess, I’m not sure how Alabama fits in or even Tenn. Good luck to the kid. Would like to see him line up in red & black, but you can’t get them all. GO DAWGS!

hey davlin read this.....

December 5th, 2011
10:55 am


if you get injured or dont meet saban’s expectations you will get tossed on the pile of bama players (30 every 5 years) who are released due to bama’s oversigning,.

gt does not do this …. matter of fact most schools do not do this. this happens mostly in the sec.

Tokyo jacket

December 5th, 2011
11:21 am

No can D, I think you made a pretty good point about a big DT. While I don’t think we have the signature DT, I do think that Pat Gamble fills that void, so to speak, for now. At 6′4″ 275lbs, he’s kind of lean for a DL. If he can put on about 30 lbs of man-meat, which our players generally do in their freshmen year, he should be in very good shape to be a 310 lb DT, which is about what we need.

Outside Observer

December 5th, 2011
12:15 pm

Tokyo, I would like to see our DEs floating around 280-290, with our big NT beefing up at about 310-315. Preferably, our NT could be a bit shorter (6′1″ to 6′3″) so that he doesn’t get as high when he explodes off the snap. I don’t think we have a true NT on the team at the moment, and that is a scary thought for a 3-4 defense.


December 5th, 2011
12:52 pm

Kallon, Gamble, and Chungong are all great players. Dalvin would put us over the top as far as our front 7 goes.

I know everyone is saying what a great DE Kallon will be for us, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns out to be a monstrous OLB. From what I’ve seen and heard, he has pretty good quickness and speed, and has the frame of a Brian Orakpo. It would be scary to have a man that big rushing around the end.


December 5th, 2011
12:53 pm

As far as NT goes, 300+ pound athletes don’t grow on trees. Our best bet, in my opinion, is try to turn Gamble, Chungong, or Dalvin (if he commits) into one by piling on the beef.

Tokyo jacket

December 5th, 2011
12:55 pm

Outside, I think you’re spot on on the size of all positions. Where we project to be next year is: 264 (le) – 335 (NT) – 292 (re). The problem with the size of the LE (Dieke) is that we’ve still got smallish OLBs as well. With our current size at LB, we really need more like 300-330-300, at least until our OLBs get to be in the 240-250 range versus the 220-230 range where they are now.

That said, if all our guys can put on 5 lbs of muscle in the off-season, we should be in much better shape. That’s the hard part about playing 19-yr olds vs 22-yr olds, man strength. They don’t usally talk about it, but it’s a huge difference maker.


December 5th, 2011
3:18 pm

Ken, the scout.com forum has a rumor going around that Vad is considering transfering. Do you have any insight on that or is it just speculation? Cause the idea of our future QB transfering is scary for tech fans

Hey Wait Just a Minute

December 5th, 2011
3:34 pm

I clicked decent because there was no Not A Chance option :-)

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December 5th, 2011
10:10 pm

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Buford (Georgia) tight end Kurt Freitag has committed to Alabama, according to Scout.com.

Freitag chose the Crimson Tide over Florida, and will sign in February.

Freitag joins high school teammate linebacker Dillon Lee, who committed to Alabama in May.

“It has really always been those two schools for me,” Freitag told Scout.com. “I changed my mind a few times between them, but I just kept feeling Alabama was the best fit. They are a strong running team, but they know how to use their tight ends too. I like their balance.

Freitag (6-4, 240 pounds) is the 21st verbal commitment for Alabama.

If do right, no can defense

December 6th, 2011
2:36 am

Man, a 300-320-300 D-line? Gotta get my head out of the clouds… I doubt many NFL teams have that much beef, let alone our talent-deprived roster (lol). This may be just my opinion, but I don’t think we need big linebackers… I’m fairly satisfied with most of the group that’s returning (Attaochu, Burnett, Menocal, Nealy, etc.) who are fast and capable of making plays. We just need that beefy front.

Also I’m looking forward to seeing JC Lanier, Fred Holton, BJ Bostic and of course Vad Lee in the thick of the action next season. These guys look like playmakers to me (think Attaochu or Jemea Thomas type guys). Regarding the Vad Lee rumor, someone mentioned on one of the other blogs that it’s because he’s just homesick for Carolina and considering transferring to ECU to be with his GF, who recently was awarded a scholarship there.

Consider he’s only a freshman… I remember experiencing homesickness my freshman year a couple years back. Not unexpected. I say he mans up in the offseason and earns the starting job, otherwise he’s not the kind of leader/fighter we’re looking to lead this offense anyway. But I really hope he does… I would love to see triple option being run by a genuine QB, instead of serviceable ones like Washington or Reggie Ball.

Johnny Hammersticks

December 6th, 2011
10:57 am

GT needs this kid Bad! The Weak DL has killed this defense for 2 years now… Men choose GT because they feel their life is bigger than the status quo (UGA).. I continue to be amazed by the accomplishments of my fellow GT grads.. Astronauts, PGA Tour Pros, 25 yr old millionaire entreprenuers.. The satisfaction of a GT degree increases over time for sure..


December 6th, 2011
10:04 pm

This kid is thinking who can train me for a pro career. His parents are thinking who can teach my son how to be a good a good student athelete. Success is measured by what decision we make in life. Nick Saban has a proccess for winning in life. If he offers it to you, don’t turn it down.


December 6th, 2011
10:35 pm

Good kid. I have been knowing him since he was about 10 years old. I used to work with his mom. He will be a great asset to any team. It would be great if he attended Tech. He would be a force that will allow Tech to do some of the things they need to do to be better on Defense. Dalvin is the real deal.

Ramblin Man

December 6th, 2011
11:47 pm

Your right Tusker he plays with kids lifes for his own pleasure to win at football and make his millions. There is a reason Saban is so close to Satan

For the Record

December 7th, 2011
11:57 am

Where would it be best to go? Why, UGA of course.
Here’s the record on the UGA – GT series.
UGA 62 wins
GT 39 wins
5 ties
In the last 50 years, the record is: UGA 35 wins, GT 15 wins.
Mark Richt is 10-1 against GT.
‘Nuff said.
Now, Techies, go sit in the corner and be quiet.
Mark Richt is 10-1 against Tech.


December 7th, 2011
3:19 pm

Hey Dalvin. We at Sandy Creek KNOW how good you are – come on and join Will Adams at GT and make it a great class!


December 9th, 2011
7:46 am

I stated my views above in the 7th post, but I want to comment on how strange I find it that someone thinks it an insult to DT that UGA came in later on his recruitment. Unless you are the 1st team to show interest in a player, you got there late. I believe this is a case of “unless you are first, you may as well be last.” It doesn’t matter when you began talking to a prospect,, it matters wheather or not you ever talk to a prospect and if you do, he listens. I would not be shocked at all to see him in Athens.