It’s shaping up to be a head-to-head recruiting battle between UGA and Georgia Tech for the arguably the state’s top uncommitted football prospect.
Dalvin Tomlinson, the AJC Super 11 defensive end from Henry County High School, will make a rare midweek official visit to UGA on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder took recruiting trips last month to both Georgia Tech and Alabama.
UGA assistant Bryan McClendon recently stopped by Tomlinson’s high school to secure a spot for the Bulldogs in the recruiting sweepstakes.
“He spoke to Dalvin for a good hour,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier said, “and when coach McClendon came out, he said ‘We’re doing something different. The visit is going to be different. It’s going to be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of wrestling on the weekend.’ Dalvin has missed a lot of wrestling because of football, and he wants to win that third state title, so Georgia is going to do something special with him for the official visit.”
Tomlinson is a two-time defending state champion in wrestling’s heavyweight position. He only took up the sport to stay in football shape and ended up being pretty good in it. Wrestling’s state championships in duals will be held this weekend, while the traditional state championships are next month.
Georgia Tech and Alabama have been rumored to be the longtime frontrunners for Tomlinson. What about UGA?
“Georgia has been involved with Dalvin for a long time; I heard from [Mark Richt] a lot during the season,” Rozier said. “I think I’m speaking for Dalvin but I think it’s coming down to those three schools – Georgia Tech, Alabama and Georgia. I’ve been talking to Dalvin about that, and he said he still hasn’t made up his mind about where he’s going to sign. I guess he’s going to wait on the Georgia visit and go from there.”
There are rumors that Alabama is not really involved with Tomlinson any longer because it has 27 commitments. Rozier declined to speculate, simply saying, “I haven’t heard from Alabama’s coaches in a while.”
What about Georgia Tech? The Yellow Jackets may have inside position because Tomlinson attended nearly every home game and also rated his official visit to Georgia Tech as an “8 or a 9.” The Yellow Jackets have also told Tomlinson that they will hold a scholarship open for him for as long as it takes for him to decide.
“Right now, it looks like it could be on signing day when Dalvin decides,” Rozier said. “But, of course, that could change. He may do it sooner.”
Tomlinson has a 3.9 GPA and is also being recruited by Ivy League schools. Last spring, Tomlinson had the rare distinction of being offered by Florida, UGA and Harvard on the same day. He appeared ready to make an early college decision last summer but his mother died unexpectedly from a longtime illness in June.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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