March 18, 2011

Ga. lineman set to visit Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama plans to welcome another top prospect from the state of Georgia this weekend when McDonough, Ga. defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson makes the trip to Tuscaloosa.

Tomlinson will be accompanied by Rex Robertson, one of his assistant coaches from Henry County High School. He visited Clemson last weekend and is excited about his trip to UA this weekend.

"I like the defensive scheme they run with the defensive lineman," Tomlinson said. "I feel like they treat the defensive lineman pretty good down there. The coaching staff is nice down there, too."

At 6-foot-3, 270 pounds, Tomlinson played both inside and outside on the defensive line, but Alabama defensive coaches Kirby Smart and Chris Rumph like him as an end in the Crimson Tide's 3-4 defense.

"They're both good coaches," Tomlinson said. "They tell me I will be a good addition to the defensive line, and they have a very aggressive defensive line. They're recruiting me as a defensive end. I feel like I would fit in pretty good down there."

When asked, Tomlinson said he would prefer to play defensive end because it gives him more of an opportunity to get past double teams.

Henry County head coach Mike Rozier likes Tomlinson at both defensive line positions, but also believes he's good enough to play on the offensive line at the next level if he wanted to.

"His strengths on the field are his quickness," Rozier said. "He's an athlete playing at the defensive end position and defensive tackle. He's also an excellent offensive tackle, and Alabama kind of likes him on the both sides of the ball. He's got a motor, and his work ethic is unbelievable."

Tomlinson's recruitment has taken off in the last month. He now has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, South Carolina, USC, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

In addition to football, Tomlinson is also an outstanding wrestler. He's a two-time state champion, and in the last two years, he's 120-1 with his only loss coming on a disqualification for slamming a guy to the ground too hard, according to Rozier.

Not only does he enjoy wrestling, but Tomlinson says it helps him on the football field as well.

"This is my fifth year wrestling," he said. "The reason I like it is the competitiveness from all the different types of people you get to go up against throughout the year. It gets me more in shape and gets me stronger. It also helps me with my foot agility and my hip rotations."

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