Earlier this year, Henry County (Ga.) defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson took numerous unofficial visits across the Southeast to check out various Division 1 programs. These days, it is Tomlinson who is welcoming college recruiters as well as new BCS offers.
"A bunch of schools have been by so far," said the 6-foot-2 and 270-pound Tomlinson. "I've seen Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida and Wake Forest and others. Basically, there have been a lot of SEC, ACC, Pac 10 and Big 10 schools.
"Florida, Georgia and Boston College were my latest offers and it felt great getting offers from those schools. I grew up liking Georgia and Florida is also a great program that is kinda close to home."
Tomlinson said he has yet to finalize his summer travel plans but will soon schedule numerous camp visits.
"I am not exactly sure what schools I will visit this summer and I will decide that later," noted Tomlinson. "I am going to start looking at some of the top schools this summer and I am looking at everyone even right now."
Among the things Tomlinson is looking for is a good relationship with coaching staffs, and he noted of two coaches fitting that criteria right now.
"The first thing I want is a good defensive line coach that I can communicate well with," said Tomlinson. "I like Coach (Chris) Wilson from Mississippi State and we already communicate well and I also talk a good bit with Coach (John) Hevesy from Mississippi State. I have a pretty good relationship with Alabama coaches, too, and I communicate well with Coach (Kirby) Smart.
"I also want to get a good education and go to a program where the players have good work ethic and have players that will push me and make me better."
Last season as a junior, Tomlinson made a big impact in opposing backfields and tallied 86 tackles with 11 sacks. This spring, he focused on one particular area of his game and remained at a familiar position.
"Things went well this spring and practice was good," Tomlinson said. "I am still at defensive end and that is a good spot for me. I feel I have a good advantage with my size and I am a lot bigger than most defensive ends. I am still working on my quickness and moves and that was the main thing this spring."