Tomlinson's Brain is Key to His Brawn

Defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson grew up in McDonough, Ga., so visiting Georgia Tech has been a pleasant trip down the road. He's got six offers already and getting one from Tech could move them up his list with their combination of academics and distance from his home.

"I came up to visit the campus for the Miami game (during the 2010 season)," Dalvin Tomlinson said. "I walked around the campus on my own at one point, and I can definitely get used to going to school there."

He has been speaking with recruiting coordinator Joe Speed, and the two have agreed that he would be best in Georgia Tech's system as a defensive end. While some schools Tomlinson has spoken with have preferred to see him at linebacker or defensive tackle, his quickness and footwork would be best suited at defensive end, according to the Yellow Jackets' coaching staff.

"I feel naturally comfortable there," Tomlinson said about the defensive end position.

In visiting to watch the Yellow Jackets play Miami, Tomlinson realized a few things that gave him a favorable view of the university and football program. First of all, the short trip to campus from McDonough made the journey easier.

Then, after seeing the defense in a live setting, Tomlinson realized that both sides would benefit from having his services on the defensive line. With six offers already on the table (Mississippi State, Southern California and Alabama have added offers after Auburn, South Carolina and Virginia Tech got the ball rolling), GT coaches realize that this is a recruit they will want to pay a lot of attention.

"I've gotten a lot of letters from the coaching staff at Tech," Tomlinson said. "They've been asking me to visit again – they'd like to talk to me and show me the facilities again." Tomlinson has been unable to visit due to his wrestling schedule. He hopes to visit at the end of the season.

One of the factors in landing Tomlinson, will be to show him around the classroom, as he mentioned that the academics at Georgia Tech would be the main factor that would get him to commit to the Yellow Jackets, as opposed to another school. So it seems that the way to get the 6-3, 268-pound defensive end on the football field at Georgia Tech will be to get him into their classrooms first.


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