Georgia Tech vs. UGA for AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson?

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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.”

It's very rare when these two are the finalists for a prospect (AJC photo)

Strange but true - it's very rare when these two men go head-to-head as the finalists for a prospect (AJC photo)

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.”

Dalvin-TomlinsonTomlinson 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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238 comments Add your comment

George Stein

January 12th, 2012
9:03 pm

He pulls them out of his body, 1 4 GT, but probably not his head…

George Stein

January 12th, 2012
9:05 pm

Sean Bedford, heeldawg. Happy?

HighTech

January 12th, 2012
9:10 pm

Why do I always hear crickets chirping when I ask WnE simple questions?

George Stein

January 12th, 2012
9:14 pm

All hat, no cattle, HighTech.

HighTech

January 12th, 2012
9:18 pm

No doubt, Mr. Stein.

NiquePhotog

January 12th, 2012
9:58 pm

Based on traditional UGA (sic) logic, Bama is better than UGA academically since they’ve had more Rhodes Scholars.

you are my boy blue17

January 12th, 2012
10:00 pm

This kid is a beast I have seen him wrestle a few times.Tomlinson has great balance and explosivness as do most great wrestlers. I expect he will start all four years at whatever school he chooses. I would love to see him in the Red and Black. I wrestled for the same hall of fame coach as he and got the impression he will be headed to North Ave. Maybe something about Uga coming in late

01HAWK

January 12th, 2012
10:34 pm

He has not heard from BAMA because they are already set with the # 1 recruiting class in the country by all recruiting sites.

BCS CHAMPS and # 1 recruiting class for 2012.

Rick James

January 12th, 2012
10:35 pm

@UGA Fans Boo Freshman RB’s

Oh yeah you mean like the way Joe Hamilton was treated when he had the DUI and the hit and run? Tech dropped him like a bomb..

The Richt Get(s) Richer

January 12th, 2012
10:39 pm

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Rick James

January 12th, 2012
10:41 pm

BigTimeTECHfan

What’s Al Groh winning now Big Time? Maybe he should go back to the NFL.Georgia had the number 5 overall defense in the nation and Tech fans were not totally pleased with Groh.What is your argument in your post?

SEC Fans for Richt

January 12th, 2012
10:47 pm

Hey Rick James, what did Michigan State do to that #5 defense in the second half, throw it around like a rag doll? Did Todd Grantham get fired by the Cleveland Browns or not?

NiquePhotog

January 12th, 2012
10:49 pm

I’ll admit, Georgia’s defense looked very impressive for short stints and good the rest of the time. That #5 overall defense ranking is due to playing teams that averaged somewhere between 80-100 (out of 120) in total offense.

LSU’s offense ranked in the 70’s, and it only took them one half to hang 42 on that #5 defense. Not so impressive, huh?

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

January 12th, 2012
11:10 pm

@G T:

What animal kicks GT a$$ every Saturday after Thanksgiving? Could it be a BULLDAWG???????????????: Of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everybody knows that.

just me .

January 12th, 2012
11:24 pm

Dap01, don’t knock the bammers,and what do you know about cable,other than the set you used to jump your car(thats older than your last bulldog nat’l championship).Go Jackets.

@niquephotog

January 12th, 2012
11:38 pm

You don’t suspect the low offensive rating of some SEC schools had something to do with 6 SEC defense ranked in top 20 ? Tech fans keep fooling yourselves into thinking Georgia defense isn’t and will not be one of the top in the country again next year 2 AP all American coming back to lead 9 returning starters plus massive amounts of depth and another stellar recruiting class.It will be a while before tech beats Georgia in football.

7576DAWG

January 12th, 2012
11:51 pm

Your biggest play maker next year on defense will be Ogletree followed very closely by Jarvis Jones.

Rick James

January 13th, 2012
12:00 am

@SEC Fans for Richt

What does Michigan State to do with this.They played a great game and won. Why are Tech fans always sniffing the jocks of teams that beat Georgia or pretending to fans of other schools on local blogs?. What difference does it make if Grantham was fired at Cleveland? Coaches get fired all of the time and Al Groh will eventually get fired or resign.I was responding to someone trying to compare Al Groh and Todd Grantham.Only an idiot or a Tech fan would do that.

7576DAWG

January 13th, 2012
12:00 am

But make no mistake about it another 6 defensive player’s could end up first or second round in 2013.Georgia’s defense will be loaded. CMR need’s to play any Freshman that can help. One of the reason’s we lost to MS and LSU was because when our offense started making mistakes we did not have the depth on defense to maintain the same level of intensity that the defense showed in the first half of those games.

Rick James

January 13th, 2012
12:09 am

@NiquePhotog

At the time LSU was the best team in the nation and they played like it.They had less than 100 total yards on offense in the first half and no first downs.Did you watch the game? What’s your point? So Georgia played the equalvilant of an ACC schedule and that takes away from the defensive ranking right?

Crimson Crush

January 13th, 2012
1:01 am

@ helldawg

Unfortunately YOU are the one making things up . Jawjacks graduation rates for football players is WORSE than Bama’s according to the last data released by the NCAA . Bama came in 4th … Jawja 5th .
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31469/vanderbilt-has-secs-highest-graduation-rate

I suspect comparing overall arrest records of players between the two schools to check on what kind of “ethics” the kids are learning from St Richt would be equally as revealing . The ONLY people who venerate the Patron Saint of Excessive Spray Tanning are self-deluded Dawg fans. :-)

GT Grad

January 13th, 2012
1:33 am

DT is prolly gonna pick UGAG so get over it. All you other techies, stop obsessing over football on these blogs. We dont have the luxury of wasting our lives like these UGAG fans…

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Coach

January 13th, 2012
8:53 am

Al Groh or the thug Grantham? Let me think about that…

gt

January 13th, 2012
1:40 pm

“thetheus white” is not stating factual stuff. he’s just trying to rouse up the ugag fans into a riot as he said he would. didnt actually believe him but it worked lol. none of that is factual

tell me again

January 13th, 2012
4:40 pm

Jan Kemp – UGA is really so far behind Tech in academics – that is why we had more Rhodes Scholars last year than you have had in almost your entire history – try again, stupid.

Dwayne

January 13th, 2012
9:34 pm

I hope he goes to UGA, but you cant sell him on the “play in front of 92,000….” this year, week home schedule. all tickets sold? probably, seats full, doubt it. still better than techs attendence tho.

Rick James

January 13th, 2012
10:55 pm

@Dwayne

If Georgia is winning tickets will sell and fans will show.I dont think it will look like Grant Field on Saturdays.

K

January 14th, 2012
7:07 am

Oh yeah, Look at the NFL stars from Ga Tech: Class guys: Demaryius Thomas, Calvin Johnson.
Doesn’t get any better than that! Speaks for itself.
Tech doesn’t have to denigrate other programs. Success speaks for itself.
Genuine stars!

MrGT

January 14th, 2012
10:41 am

Degree at Alabama=Is a Dream-Dreamland BBQ Chef, Georgia=makes you a king…Burger King cashier Geogia Tech=success

Not Disappointed

January 14th, 2012
10:58 am

I would love to see this man come to the Flats! He will get a great excellent and lots instant play on the field. Nevertheless, I want be disappointed to see him stay in the State of Georgia Regardless!

Not Disappointed

January 14th, 2012
11:00 am

Sorry for the typos! “Need Coffee Now!” He will receive an Excellent Education.
Good luck young man!

SoCal_GT_Fan

January 15th, 2012
1:49 am

This is a MUST-GET player for GT. I’m sure he realizes that. We are thin at NT/DT/DE position. We need to get more quality and quantity at that position. Controlling the trenches wins you those extra 1-3 games that sets the Top teams from the rest. Need to get guys like Tomlinson in the fold to at least get the athleticism, bulk, and strength to control the trenches.

As for his chances of being a NFL prospect, I think he can’t go wrong with any of the three schools (Bama, UGA or GT). If you have the talent and the right attitude, you will be able to get noticed by the NFL. All three schools have a track record for sending players to the NFL so its not like as if Tomlinson will not be noticed if he had the talent and ability that the NFL looks for. As for playing time, out of the 3 schools, you can say that GT will likely give you the best chance at getting early playing time.

OkieDawg

January 15th, 2012
1:09 pm

If Tomlinson goes to Tech as a DE, he will have to practice against a bunch of knee diving O-linemen. It would be hard to imagine spending 4 years of college football trying to protect your knees from the O-line. Also, they have to practice their chop blocks. This seems to be a smart young man, I’m sure he will figure this one out and commit to UGA.

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Buzzzed

January 16th, 2012
5:09 pm

DT didn’t go to FL for his OV on Monday.

SEC Fans for Richt

January 16th, 2012
8:45 pm

He didn’t even show in Athens for his visit!