The three-star defensive tackle prospect from Chicago Lane Tech has taken two recent trips and plans on taking a few more to check out prospective colleges before coming up with a list of his top five schools.
"I went to check out Duke two weeks ago and Ohio State this past Friday," Tomlinson told BuckeyeSports.com. "Those two were really good. When I went on each visit, they showed me around I toured the facilities and the campus and everything to make sure I got a feel for the campus and a feel for the football they have there."
As the 6-5, 285-pound Tomlinson mentioned, first up was a flight to Tobacco Road to check out the Blue Devils.
"The coaches over there are definitely good people," he said. "They treat me like one of their players. That was great. It was a great visit for me."
That trip was followed by a June 26 stop in Columbus for a one-day OSU camp that afforded Tomlinson the chance to spend some time with the Buckeye coaching staff – and head coach Jim Tressel in particular.
"They had a camp and I got to talk to Jim and I got to talk to my recruiting coach," he said. "They showed me around the facilities and around campus. It was definitely a great day over there.
"They tried to give me their reasons why their school would be the best college I should go to. (Tressel) pulled me aside and we had a very lengthy talk while he was running the camp."
After taking in both visits, Tomlinson said the best part of each was getting to spend some time talking face-to-face with coaches who have been recruiting him. The month of June has given him time to reflect on what was a hectic spring.
It has been an enjoyable process, he said.
"Since the past couple months, things have calmed down and I've gotten to take a slower approach to the whole college deal," Tomlinson said. "When they were coming to my school it was definitely hard to keep up with all the coaches. Now I have more free time and more time to focus on it."
This season, Tomlinson will be a three-year starter for Lane Tech. As a junior, he earned all-city and all-conference honors for his play.
In addition to 8 a.m. workouts four days a week during the summer, Tomlinson is now eying making a few more trips before he starts to narrow his list.
"I haven't created a list yet, but after I finish my college visits I'll definitely have a short list of five," he said. "I'm planning to go to (Illinois) around the 6th of July and I'm going to try to get to a couple other colleges."