Dalvin Tomlinson: Got scholarship papers from Georgia Tech, Alabama and UGA in mail

Dalvin Tomlinson has the paperwork from Georgia Tech, Alabama and UGA, says his coach. Where will he sign? (AJC)

Dalvin Tomlinson has the paperwork from Georgia Tech, Alabama and UGA, says his coach. Where will he sign? (AJC)

Georgia Tech, Alabama, and UGA must all feel like they have a shot on Dalvin Tomlinson, the AJC Super 11 defensive end from Henry County High School.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder has gotten a letter-of-intent in the mail from each of his three finalists, his coach told the AJC.  On Wednesday morning, Tomlinson will sign a football scholarship with Georgia Tech, Alabama or UGA.

“There’s nothing new … well, I mean, Dalvin hasn’t told anybody anything,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier told the AJC. “He knows where he’s going but he’s not telling anybody. That guy is tight-lipped and poker-faced. His own family members, his aunt and uncle, they don’t know.”

Georgia Tech and Alabama have been rumored to Tomlinson’s frontrunners since last summer. The Yellow Jackets dispatched coaches to see Tomlinson the past two weeks, according to Rozier. Georgia Tech supporters point out that Tomlinson attended nearly every Yellow Jackets’ home game this past season and that he may want to stay relatively close to home after last summer’s unexpected death of his mother due to a longtime illness.

What about Alabama? If you read the Alabama message boards, you’d think that Tomlinson has “secretly committed” to the Crimson Tide. There’s also a popular conspiracy theory that that’s why Tomlinson finally was smiling last week – that he got the green light that a scholarship spot had opened up for him. Who knows? I do know I talked to a few Alabama commits about Tomlinson and they said “definitely Alabama” for whatever that is worth.

Then there’s that darkhorse, UGA. Tomlinson didn’t make his official visit with the Bulldogs last week because of “family reasons” and wrestling. His coach said Tomlinson has been to UGA a dozen times since he was a sophomore for one reason or another. It appears to be a super-duper longshot, validated only by the never-ending rumors about UGA “mystery” recruits – kids publicly committed to other schools that will flip to the Bulldogs on signing day. Then again, UGA obviously feels they’ve got a some kind of chance because they sent Tomlinson an LOI.

What’s your prediction? Please post below.

RELATED: As expected, Henry County QB-DB Chris Moody switched his commitment from Vanderbilt to South Carolina on Monday. Moody pledged to Vanderbilt a couple of weekends ago, but was talked into taking a last-minute official visit to South Carolina. Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward might’ve recruited the state of Georgia better than any other college coach this year. At least 11 Georgia players will sign with South Carolina. “Chris will play DB but they also like him as a Wildcat QB,” Rozier said.

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262 comments Add your comment

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

January 31st, 2012
11:02 am

tHIS KID LOOKS MEAN AS HECK. 1ST

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

January 31st, 2012
11:04 am

Like he eats license plates for lunch.

Bama Fan#2

January 31st, 2012
11:05 am

Hope he ROLLS WITH THE CRIMSON TIDE!!! RTR

mmgtfan@aol.com

January 31st, 2012
11:06 am

HighTech

January 31st, 2012
11:09 am

Looking forward to seeing Dalvin in the White and Gold.

Go Jackets! THWG!

George Stein

January 31st, 2012
11:09 am

Bigger question is who’s getting booted if he goes to Bama.

coach

January 31st, 2012
11:12 am

I have coached against Dalvin on the wrestling mat a few times, he is an awesome kid who may look mean, but he is one of the nicest most genuine kids I have had the privilege to be around. where ever he goes, he will have a great football career as well as gain an education, we need more kids like Dalvin who don’t make a spectacle of the recruiting process. Oh and FYI, he is a better wrestler than he is a football player.

Tide Rising

January 31st, 2012
11:12 am

If he goes to Bama he has the better chance of developing for the pros and of being a part of a championship football team. Come on Dalvin. Lets roll with the tide!

Right On Time

January 31st, 2012
11:13 am

Another swing and miss for Richt & Co.

It is looking like we will have a NSD of near misses.

PAC

January 31st, 2012
11:15 am

Pretty simple Dalvin………..If you want to play in the most exciting college football conference in the land and compete for championships every year, sign with UGA or Bama. You’ll probably get more early PT at UGA, but have a better shot at a championship at Bama. If you’re not particurlarly interested in big time football, but want to be around a more international student body, tech’s your place. Good luck!

RTR22

January 31st, 2012
11:15 am

DT, Your apparent focus and mindset match perfectly with the Crimson Tide. These other guys just talk about being great on/off the field. Roll Tide

J.B.

January 31st, 2012
11:17 am

I wish he would show some respect to all the schools and let them know right now. Then at least each of the other schools can recruit someone else.

Bug Zapper

January 31st, 2012
11:18 am

Georgia Tech won’t land him because he isn’t considering Middle Tennessee State, Troy, or Elon as his finalists.

GDawg

January 31st, 2012
11:18 am

Be nice surprise to get him, but doubt it. Either way Go Dawgs.

ROCK STEADY FREDDY

January 31st, 2012
11:20 am

He’s too smart to got to alerbammer. Most people over there are a couple generations into walking upright.

Atlantan

January 31st, 2012
11:22 am

DT if you are looking long-term through your entire life GT is the place for you – great football, excellent academics and what will you do with your life after football. The average NFL career is about 3 years. If you only want football and academics are a mere suggestion or inconvenience go to the SEC.

Regardless, follow your heart. Good luck!

UGA98

January 31st, 2012
11:23 am

Did this guy actually use the phrase “super-duper” in his article?

Jeff H

January 31st, 2012
11:24 am

If he goes with bama after all the superb academic colleges that offered him, that would be like going with roseanne barr over jennifer anniston.

CrimsonCorner

January 31st, 2012
11:25 am

Been Bama for 2 months!

UGA98

January 31st, 2012
11:25 am

Remove “great” before “football” and you have a point Atlantan. Although one can get an excellent education at some SEC schools, namely Georgia, Florida, and Vanderbilt of course.

bigtime

January 31st, 2012
11:26 am

He’s a great kid that has had a rough year. Kudos to him for keeping it all together after his mom passed and becoming the elite prospect that he is today. Anybody would be lucky to get this kid but only one school will sign him. The Champs. Roll Tide Dalvin Tomlinson, Roll Tide.

jesse

January 31st, 2012
11:26 am

GOOD LUCK KEEP GOD FRIST

North Augusta Neighbor

January 31st, 2012
11:28 am

uga has no chance – but as typical you have to plug your school.

MBC

January 31st, 2012
11:29 am

If you want your IQ to drop after college then yes by all means go to any school in Alabama.

CrimsonCorner

January 31st, 2012
11:29 am

Funny thing is UGA98, Bama leads the SEC with 38 SEC Academic Honor Roll http://media.247sports.com/Uploads/Boards/9/36009/376957.jpg

Don’t confuse FACTS with “fiction”

Michael Veli

January 31st, 2012
11:29 am

Yes UGA98 he did, and he lost cool points for it….

Michael Carvell

January 31st, 2012
11:30 am

You may be right. But if a college didn’t think it had a chance, they wouldn’t send a LOI

Dwayne

January 31st, 2012
11:30 am

@ Atlantan…..great football….your kidding..right?

JJ

January 31st, 2012
11:30 am

if you want to go to a school that hasn’t been relevant in the National Championship picture for over 30 years, but would have you believe they are going 12-0 every season – choose the cesspool in Athens. Nothing like a fan base screaming nasty things at you when you lose to a Central Florida, Michigan State, or boo you at halftime in your own stadium vs Kentucky. Stay classy mutts, stay classy.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

January 31st, 2012
11:31 am

Done deal… ALABAMA bound.

UGA loses again.
Tech is the ghetto.

CHOP BLOCK U

January 31st, 2012
11:33 am

Since CPJ is a bust and a recruiting hemorrhoid it is obviously between UGA and Bama, which Saban has a huge advantage unless early playing time and a quality education are factors for this young man.

UGA98

January 31st, 2012
11:34 am

I’m not saying Alabama isn’t a good school, but making the honor roll is relative to what you are studyding.

in the know

January 31st, 2012
11:34 am

Already got inside info that he is picking tech…

Process negative

January 31st, 2012
11:36 am

crimson corner
that’s because your academics are remedial. look at global leaders, ceos, upper mgmt, and you won’t find any of them with degrees from bamer.

Leedawg

January 31st, 2012
11:38 am

His #1 choice has been Bama, except that they didn’t have a spot for him…….until the DT from Baltimore picked Texas over Bama. Suddenly there’s an opening. He’s going to Tuscaloosa. Would’ve liked to seen him in Athens.

Augusta Jacket

January 31st, 2012
11:39 am

CHOP BLOCK U

January 31st, 2012
11:40 am

Probably right Leedawg.

Cdpridg

January 31st, 2012
11:41 am

Athens is the sensible logical choice. Go to Tech…play in the ghetto….go to bama…play in the biggest backwoods cess pool state in the nation. Athens is a no brainer

Mot

January 31st, 2012
11:43 am

Great young man who’s had to go thru way too much for someone his age. Hoping he’ll come to tech, but I’ think he’s going to Bama. Will cheer for him, regardless. Almost impossible not to…..

RxDawg

January 31st, 2012
11:43 am

This again huh… well I don’t think he’s coming to UGA. Honestly I hope the nerds get him. I’d rather a GA boy go there then continue the Bama siphoning.

Mattman

January 31st, 2012
11:43 am

Some of the brightest business minds have gone to BAMA the CEO of Deloitte is a BAMA Accounting grad.

Mot

January 31st, 2012
11:44 am

“Athens is a no brainer”

Truer words have never been spoken…..

backwards ga u

January 31st, 2012
11:44 am

Augusta.. is that the female wrestler turn xxx star china?

North Augusta Neighbor

January 31st, 2012
11:44 am

If so, Cdpridg, then Athens should be moved to Alabama where it fits a little better. If he wants to forfeit a good education to play for national championships for a scum of a coach, go to Bama. If he wants to balance education with Div. 1 football, got to Tech. Athens provides neither – unless we are talking preseason national championships or recruiting championships.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 31st, 2012
11:45 am

@ Jeff H @ 11;24……funniest post of the day.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 31st, 2012
11:46 am

Hey, NA Neighbor, good to see a neighbor on here……Augusta here

RxDawg

January 31st, 2012
11:47 am

@CrimsonCorner
January 31st, 2012
11:29 am

The difference Crimson is what it takes to earn an “A” at Bama and what it takes to earn an “A” at Tech or UGA.

Jacket Man

January 31st, 2012
11:47 am

He has already told some wrestling teammates he has chosen Alabama.

5150 UOAD

January 31st, 2012
11:48 am

UGA98 you are right about that. I know you are talking about BAMA. It applies to most if not all schools that offer some of the joke degree programs you would beat your child if they spent money on. LOL

Dap01

January 31st, 2012
11:49 am

I am a Dawg fan but if UGA misses out, I hope that it is Tech. If he signs with Alabama, that means that some other recruit will be “bumped”. Oversigning is heck.

Saban is such a sincere guy.