Is this good news for Georgia Tech?

Georgia Tech's next commit? (AJC)

Georgia Tech's next commit? (AJC)

One of the state’s top two uncommitted college football prospects did not make his official visit to UGA on Monday.

Dalvin Tomlinson, a AJC Super 11 defensive lineman from Henry County High School, was scheduled to make a recruiting trip to UGA on Monday.

“Dalvin just texted me, he didn’t go to Georgia today,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier said. “He didn’t say why. I’m trying to call Dalvin and [UGA assistant Bryan McClendon] right now to see what’s going on. I will let you know as soon as I find out.”

We didn’t hear back from Rozier or Tolimlinson by late Monday night. We don’t know if Tomlinson will reschedule the UGA visit or cancel it altogether.

We do know Tomlinson is focused heavily on trying to win his third straight wrestling championship, and that may play a factor in this, too.

For such a high-profile prospect, Tomlinson has kept an extremely low profile. That’s not just in recent weeks, but through the entire recruiting process. That’s not a good or bad thing, just unique.

It could be good news for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets and Alabama have been rumored to be the longtime frontrunners for the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder. And Rozier said he hasn’t had any recent contact from Alabama, which already has 27 commitments.

The state’s other top uncommitted prospect is Josh Harvey-Clemons, an AJC Super 11 LB from Lowndes High School.  His grandfather has predicted a “photo finish” between UGA and Florida on signing day.

Back to Dalvin: There could always be a mystery school? If you’ve got your “Dalvin Tomlinson theory” or prediction, please post it below.

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George Stein

January 16th, 2012
9:44 pm

Well, I think one thing we know for certain is that if he decides to go to Bama, it means another player will get Taylored.

I hope this means Tech but he needs to go wherever he feels most comfortable, even if that means UGA.

Marine Jacket

January 16th, 2012
9:45 pm

Wow. A no call no show. Good for my Jackets

FL Jacket

January 16th, 2012
9:49 pm

Haha, paranoid Tech fans fearing the Indiana University Entrepeneurship program!

/jk

Hope we get to see him on the Flats!

George Stein

January 16th, 2012
9:53 pm

Off topic, but didn’t Jason Heyward go to Henry County High, too?

FL Jacket

January 16th, 2012
9:55 pm

George, yes he did. And I’m pretty sure J-Hey would have made a tremendous OLB, S, or TE…

The Sham

January 16th, 2012
9:55 pm

I admit this doesn’t sound good for the Dawgs but if he wants to go elsewhere he is free to do so. Don’t get me wrong, he sounds like a talented kid but this late in the game, we need to focus on guys that want to be on the bus! Was it Stephon Tuitt who did this last year to the poor Techies? Maybe they get this one…

GO DAWGS!

George Stein

January 16th, 2012
9:57 pm

Heyward could have played any number of positions, including QB I would think, FL Jacket. I hope he’s getting healthy now. Get to a spring training game for me!

Michael Carvell

January 16th, 2012
10:01 pm

@George Stein, “Taylored” … that was creative. Did you make that up or get it from somewhere else? Thanks for posting.

dread star

January 16th, 2012
10:03 pm

his dreads may be better than ICro or gurley—he’ll fit in good with all the thugs in athens.

George Stein

January 16th, 2012
10:03 pm

Ha. Thanks, Michael. I guess it came to me from hearing so much about Tebowing, getting Tebowed, etc.

Keep up the good work. You got a lot of good pub today. Well deserved.

Stumpknocker

January 16th, 2012
10:07 pm

Come on to the Flats where you and Kallon could be the real thing on the D Line

George Stein

January 16th, 2012
10:10 pm

Don’t forget about Pat Gamble, Stumpknocker. Seems he is getting overlooked and, from what I’ve seen, he looks like a ballplayer.

Douglas

January 16th, 2012
10:19 pm

If he doesn’t want to be a Dawg, then go somewhere else. He sounds like a great guy — great academics — great talent — but I only want players to choose UGA who are really committed to them.

Techster

January 16th, 2012
10:25 pm

Maybe Mr. Tomlinson just isn’t mesmerized by UGA’s “Dream Team” fairy dust like so many of these young men.

Go Jackets!

January 16th, 2012
10:35 pm

And we only want student athletes committed to TECH!

Ramblin Man

January 16th, 2012
10:38 pm

I really hope he comes to GT. Kallon, Gamble, Tomlinson, Chungong, and McCalister (if he comes) would make a great future line for GT.

Go Jackets!

January 16th, 2012
10:40 pm

Saban could call him and say he’s part of the nexts years class! Even offer to sign a receipt!

Relax folks

January 16th, 2012
10:42 pm

He likely cancelled his trip because of his focus on wrestling. He DID discuss it with the UGA staff and may in fact have told them he is solid GT or still considering UGA. Either way let the kid make his own choice he is not going to make or break either program.

Jackets '08

January 16th, 2012
10:46 pm

Go Jackets! This young man would be a great edition to a GT!

Rick James

January 16th, 2012
11:07 pm

Would love to see him a UGA but if he chooses Tech best of luck to him.They need to win something over Georgia football related before their fans explode.

Golden isle jacket

January 16th, 2012
11:14 pm

Ain’t that the bleeping truth.

Go Jackets!

January 16th, 2012
11:15 pm

Don’t worry Rick, your buddys will be here before long to trash Dalvin and Tech. Give them some time. OkieDwag and others will say every possible piece of trash they can think of to discredit Tech and this young man. I’ll never figure it out. Maybe it’s in their genes? I believe free counseling is available. The first step is admitting the problem.

roltydrol

January 16th, 2012
11:16 pm

He’d look good in Crimson!!

RTR

bh

January 16th, 2012
11:17 pm

great comment “Go Jackets”. I wonder if the talking heads on ESPN even mention these type tactics by their saint, coach Nick Satan.

bitter coach grantham

January 16th, 2012
11:29 pm

head coach at bammer —-harvey van dyke——-we have 38 spots open———–and!!!!!

Just Saying

January 16th, 2012
11:39 pm

dread star @10:03
Classy buddy, really classy. With posters like you we can only draw one conclusion – idiots in trailer parks own computers, read these blogs and post. Dalvin Tomlinson is a first class young man. He has full academic scholarship offers from Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth three excellent Ivy League schools. And you went to school where? I mean school other than pre-school and elementary school.

Rick James

January 16th, 2012
11:39 pm

@Go Jackets!

True but the trashing goes both ways..I just want to see Tech get back track so we will have a true rivalry again.

FL Jacket

January 16th, 2012
11:42 pm

roltydrol…

he’d look good in a Crimson T-shirt sitting at home on his couch until his scholarship is activated in 2015

Make My Day

January 16th, 2012
11:46 pm

Good Luck Dalvin, as an SEC fan I would love to see you in the SEC, but if that meant attending UGA and wasting 3 or 4 years of your life playing for a mediocre program, it is much better for you to head over to the flats and help that bunch finally get a win over their in state rivals.

FL Jacket

January 16th, 2012
11:49 pm

Carvell, don’t tell me Bama made you pull your article on that snake Saban?

Rick James

January 17th, 2012
12:00 am

@Make My Day

You dont want to see him waste four years playing for a mediocre Georgia team but you would be glad to see him go to Tech? Did I miss something? Is Tech the defending ACC champs? Hey Tech fan if you’re a true SEC fan you should want him to play for your unamed school.Somethng positive could happen for Tech with this signing but to you its just another chance to trash Georgia.Here’s a bulletin for you,if things continue the way they’re going he will spend four years at Tech and never see a win over Georgia. Sorry Go Jackets! I was provoked.

FL Jacket

January 17th, 2012
12:06 am

Michael…is your last name like James Carville or “Fudgie the Whale” Carvel?

Oblama

January 17th, 2012
12:38 am

Saban isn’t going to take him. They are out of scholarships. They have 27 commits and 25 spaces already. Besides he is a 3 star and Saban is looking for a 350 pounder not a MEASELY 290 POUNDER.

Oblama

January 17th, 2012
12:41 am

If you are waiting on Saban to have to get a conscience forget about it. Thes guys are just a commodity to him to be used and thrown away.

Daytona Dawg

January 17th, 2012
1:05 am

Saban – “Tomlinson, I really want you here. I’ve got…uh…somewhere around here…uh…yeah, here’s a sheet of paper. I’m gonna write your name on it and you sign it. Now, if I didn’t really want you, you wouldn’t have that receipt, would you? I tell ya….I’ve got lots & lots of paper.”

It is what it is

January 17th, 2012
1:49 am

He probably got as close as Watkinsville and figured it was a $#^t hole and turned around. Smart guy. Yep that is a future engineer after his NFL days.

Wil Walton

January 17th, 2012
2:16 am

Just MO, Dalvin… got to Harvard young man, sometimes, but not always, you only get one chance…

Wonder Dawg

January 17th, 2012
4:52 am

Again comments about Tech and being “student” athletes? Like that means he’s choosing Tech because he wants to go to school with “smarter people”. Please….stop the fraudulent misconception…the graduation rates that came out recently show once again that the athletes at Tech are just that…athletes. Last in the ACC in graduation rates…but, I guess if you say it enough about how the Tech athletes are smarter than everyone else they play on their schedule, it must be true – right? And by the way, the WSJ recently published an article about difficult core classes at Tech that the students take and the same classes that other majors take (aka: athletes) that are the same subject, but have different course numbers (= different cirriculum) that are basically dummied down for them. So, please. stop it.

GT

January 17th, 2012
5:08 am

OBLAMA…. I believe Dalvin is a 4 star and he only weighs 270 right now for wrestling he is probably naturally around 300

Best Wishes to him wherever he goes.

January 17th, 2012
6:17 am

If Mr Tomlinson does not chose my Dawgs, then I wish him well. We could certainly use him at UGA, and he would be an asset to our program.

Jacket Man

January 17th, 2012
6:27 am

Dalvin is a fantastic young man; through and through; and he deserves nothing but the best in life. Regardless of his choice, everyone should congratulate him for making it and wishing him well. From a personally selfish perspective, I hope he chooses to come to GA Tech as he epitomizes everything that right in college football and would be an asset to the program both on, and off, the field. In fact, if there was anyone who might step in and make us feel good about having Roddy Jones’ legacy filled, it would been completed through the likes of Dalvin.

SickandTired

January 17th, 2012
6:36 am

Asleep at the wheels recruiting out of Athens. Look for big news today on the recruiting front. Wonder where it may come from? Stay tuned.

Calhoundawg

January 17th, 2012
6:59 am

Wow! Always a lot of room to post on the Tech articles. I’ve watched recruiting ehough to know that you get some and lose some. And, that the ones you get don’t always pan out like you thought they might. Further, some take (Caleb King and Waushan Ealey) most of their careers to turn out bad. Anywhoooooo… “Asleep at the wheels recruiting” will produce another top-ten class. What a moron …..

God Bless Coach Richt. God Bless Georgia. Go Dawgs !!!!!!

Boozybee

January 17th, 2012
7:01 am

Wonder dog, give me a break. I assure you that the course load at Ga tech doesn’t compare to the easiness of what the athletes can get away with taking at any of the SEC schools accept for Vandy. You can make yourself believe what you want, but I had friends that were athletes at both the state schools, and the Tech athletes just don’t get the “advantages” they do at some of the others, they have to work hard for their degree just as all the students do. It is a tough place to get a degree but at least the real employers who are hiring know this, unlike whatever pizza delivery service you work for.

Boozybee

January 17th, 2012
7:03 am

Sorry, EXCEPT for Vandy. .

Tokyo jacket

January 17th, 2012
7:16 am

WonderDawg, could you post a link to that article? As a Tech grad who knows multiple tutors and football players, I didn’t know of any such class. Failure to post the link will be an admission to lying.

It's About Time

January 17th, 2012
7:26 am

“Got Taylored” Very creative,I wonder how many recruits will be saying this before the 2012 signing period ends.I think this phrase might catch on,now if a coach like Satan or “Lestacles” over sign,instead of having to explain how come they are cutting a recruit, all they have to say is “Sorry ,but you just got Taylored.”

Old Gold Britches

January 17th, 2012
7:27 am

Jacket man,
I absolutely agree with you. It would be an honor to have Dalvin Tomlinson at Ga Tech as a Student/Athlete. He is first class young man
All the best with your decision. We would love to have you at the Flats. Best of luck with your
Best of luck with your attempt with your third straight wrestling championship!

Mean Machine

January 17th, 2012
7:37 am

Don’t read too much into this just yet. The kid is trying to win state this weekend in wrestling. I’m sure he is 100% focused on achieving that goal before he finishes the recruiting process. My guess is he’ll reschedule his visit to UGA after this weekend, maybe he goes to UGA, maybe he goes to GT, everybody relax.

Dap01

January 17th, 2012
7:51 am

Seriously, if he goes to Alabama, that means someone get Taylored. I wish the AJC would do an article on Sabans committs the past 4 years and for the past decade, comparing them to other coaches.

Saban turns his nose up to rules.

Maybe Tomlinson wants to go to Tech because he don’t like big crowds at games or maybe he really don’t like to be on national tv.