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Henry County defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson has made his decision, but has been keeping it shrouded in secrecy until its unveiling this morning.
National Signing Day is a big relief.
The months, weeks and final days that lead up to it are when all the dog paddling happens, when college football coaches blow up phones trying to coax indecisive high school blue-chippers into climbing underneath their hats.
For the recruitees, today is when the best tunnel out from beneath shoeboxes full of letters, sign their names on letters-of-intent, officially concluding all the speculation about which way they’re leaning and — finally — tipping ... on ... over.
Today is when fans with voracious college football appetites learn ...
n Into which camp Henry County’s stud defensive lineman, Dalvin Tomlinson, will fall — be it Alabama’s, Georgia’s or Georgia Tech’s with Union Grove’s D.J. White ...
n Which way Tomlinson’s quarterback teammate Chris Moody flip-flopped for the final time between Vanderbilt and South Carolina ...
n How the newbies celebrate the occasion at Drew, which has not had a senior class until now.
Besides White, ACC teams are expected to pick up a few more signatures today with Eagle’s Landing Christian defensive end Justin Thomason making good on his commitment to North Carolina and Luella cornerback Alvin Hill fulfilling his pledge to Maryland.
Even if Moody should vacillate back to Vanderbilt at the 11th hour and 59th minute — a trip to Columbia this past weekend had Facebook friends congratulating him on becoming a Gamecock — South Carolina can expect to secure letter-of-intent this morning from Lovejoy defensive back Rico McWilliams.
But the day will be dominated by scores of lesser known colleges landing scores of lesser known athletes — from Lovejoy, Stockbridge, Riverdale, Dutchtown and Jonesboro, among others.