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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