Dalvin Tomlinson finally made his college decision on Friday, according to his coach.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive lineman from Henry County High School has Georgia Tech, UGA and Alabama at his finalists.
So which school is it?
“Dalvin has picked a school but it’s a secret,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier told the AJC. “His [family] doesn’t even know where he’s going to go, and that’s a fact. I was over at his house this morning with a [TV crew].”
“But Dalvin has his school. You can tell by looking at him. He has got a big smile back on his face. And he hasn’t been smiling a lot lately. He seems a lot more relaxed and happy.”
When will Dalvin reveal his secret? At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Georgia Tech appears to be the school to beat in the final days. On Thursday, Yellow Jackets assistant Joe Speed stopped by Henry County to check on Tomlinson. Last weekend, Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum observed Dalvin’s wrestling match.
“Georgia Tech wants him really, really bad,” Rozier said. “He’s very important to them.”
What about UGA? Tomlinson cancelled an official visit with the Bulldogs last week because of “family reasons” and wrestling obligations. However, his coach said Dalvin didn’t need to visit UGA to sign with the Bulldogs because he has been there 10-12 times since his sophomore year for camps, games and other events.
What about Alabama? Rozier, personally, has not had any recent contact with the Crimson Tide but that’s not to say that Tomlinson – who is laying low – hasn’t been communicating on a regular basis with Alabama’s coaches. There’s a popular conspiracy theory that Tomlinson is seriously considering signing with Alabama if it’s clear that a scholarship spot is available before Wednesday.
What about the possibility of Dalvin making a last-minute visit somewhere this weekend? After all, Tomlinson’s teammate, QB-DB Chris Moody, is committed to Vanderbilt but abruptly decided to take a last-second trip to South Carolina on Friday. (Click here to read more)
“No, that won’t happen with Dalvin,” Rozier said. “After getting this college decision out of the way, the biggest thing on Dalvin’s mind is wrestling. He has got a match on Saturday. He’ll be there. His goal is to be a three-time state champion. Nobody in the state of Georgia has ever done that in the heavyweight position. That’s his complete focus now.”
Tomlinson has a 3.9 GPA, and accomplished the rare feat of being offered by Florida, UGA and Harvard in the same day last spring.
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