Heels Land 'Dynamic' LB

What type of player are the Tar Heels getting in 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker Ty Tomlin? Marietta (Ga.) head coach Scott Burton breaks down Tomlin's game and fit at UNC.

What type of player is North Carolina getting in Tomlin?

"He's very physically gifted – he has a lot of physical tools. Actually, he hasn't been playing very long – this is his fourth year ever playing football. So I think his upside is unbelievable. His best football is certainly ahead of him.

"But right now, he's dynamic. He's a sideline-to-sideline kid that plays with a lot of energy and a lot of passion. He's an every down linebacker in today's game of wide open spread football, but he can also do the throwback, downhill run game stuff as well. Carolina picked up a solid player and an even better young man."

How do you feel like he'll transition to UNC's 4-2-5 defense?

"Carolina is not overly concerned with the 6-3, 6-4 linebacker. They are looking for guys that have instincts and can play in space but also have some versatility.

"Part of my discussions with him is finding the fit scheme wise. So that was one of the main reasons why he chose Carolina – there was a tremendous fit in terms of the scheme."

Tomlin is the fourth player from Cobb County to verbally commit to UNC. As you know, that's within Walt Bell's recruiting territory. Why do you think he has had so much success?

"I've been very impressed with Coach Bell throughout the process dating back to last year when he recruited some of our other kids. He's very honest, he's very open. He knows every kid's name from Virginia to Georgia. Part of that is due to the fact that he's the recruiting coordinator, but obviously he takes the recruiting side of it serious, which is smart.

"He's creating quite a niche for himself down here. This is supposedly SEC Country and he's able to come in here and pluck four very good players and that speaks volumes for not only Coach Bell, but also the kind of program that Coach [Larry] Fedora is building."

There have been some rumors about Tomlin's academic situation. What can you say about that situation?

"I can say that every kid is a work in progress in academics, socially, and on the field and in the weight room. You're constantly working with every kid to constantly get better. And Ty is no exception."

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