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Predictions Point Tomlinson To Alabama

Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson from Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga., will choose among Alabama, Georgia and Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

And a few members of the media are predicting Tomlinson will choose Alabama.

“I feel he’ll be putting the Bama hat on Wednesday,” ESPN recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg told 680 The Fan in Atlanta on Monday.

Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution predicted the same decision when he was asked on Sunday.

“The atmosphere makes you feel more comfortable down there,” recently said of Alabama during an interview with ESPN.com.

Tomlinson, who will announce his decision on Wednesday, is considered the nation’s 42nd-best defensive tackle by ESPN. Other schools to offer Tomlinson include Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Southern California.

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Landon Collins Plans To Stick With Alabama

Safety Landon Collins plans to stick with his commitment and sign with Alabama on Feb. 1.

The standout from Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La., is going against his mother’s wishes by choosing Alabama over LSU. She made that clear when Collins announced his decision on Jan. 5.

Rumors began to swirl recently that Collins was having second thoughts about his decision and had returned to LSU’s campus for a visit.

Not true, according to Collins. He sent a text message to Jamie Newberg of ESPN.com to deny rumors of the trip and confirm his plan to sign with Alabama.

Collins’ decision has become quite a story. And Christopher Schultz wrote about it for ESPN.com.

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Alabama-LSU Recruiting Notes

With the abundance of talent that will be on display in Tuscaloosa Saturday when Alabama hosts LSU, it seems appropriate to look at how the two schools have reached this level of play.

As ESPN analyst Jamie Newberg pointed out earlier this week, dominant recruiting has helped make Alabama and LSU the nation’s top two teams.

“Since Nick Saban has been at Alabama, no one has recruited better than him,” Newberg said at the Montgomery (Ala.) Quarterback Club on Monday. “And LSU’s not been too far behind.

“Les Miles has done incredibly well building on what Saban established there. Neither team is lacking for talent, that’s for sure. They’re the top two teams in the country and there’s a reason for that. They both have great coaches and they’ve recruited exceptionally well.”

That’s why plenty of top prospects will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend. Many of them are considering Alabama and LSU.

That includes safety Landon Collins from Geismar, La. Collins is considered the nation’s seventh-best prospect for the class of 2012 by ESPNU.

“It will be my official visit to Alabama,” Collins told ESPN.com. “I am looking forward to hanging around the coaches and players. I want to see how they handle the hype and adversity. I will be watching the coaches closely and see how they focus on this big game.”

Here are some other stories to checkout as we near the Alabama-LSU game.

1. Bryan Fischer of CBSSports.com looks at the head-to-head recruiting between Alabama and LSU.

2. Nick Saban has had some success recruiting the state of Louisiana since he arrived at Alabama.

3. LSU’s “recruiting lounge” has helped the Tigers’ recruiting, writes ESPN’s Edward Aschoff.

4. Stanford linebacker commit Noor Davis will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend.

5. So will Eddie Goldman, a highly-touted defensive tackle from Washington, D.C.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 9/14/11

1. Vanderbilt is 2-0 on the field and has landed another highly-touted prospect for the class of 2012.

2. Georgia is making a run at Maryland WR commit AJ Liddell.

3. Two 2013 prospects give their thoughts after visiting Arkansas last weekend.

4. The North Carolina schools have had trouble holding on to in-state prospects.

5. Jamie Newberg calls Georgia’s top-rated prospect “Mr.Versatility.”

6. Miami’s recruiting has plenty of questions. Corey Long got several prospects to answer them.

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Thursday Afternoon Recruiting Notes

Here are some recruiting notes from around the Southeast and nation this afternoon.

-It’s the often-asked question: Are recruiting rankings fair?

-Running back Brian Kimbrow is set to announce his college decision. Vanderbilt is considered the favorite.

-Here’s a look from CBSSports.com on what to expect during the July recruiting period in college basketball.

-There will be plenty of talent on hand at The Nike Opening in Oregon next week.

-Bobby Petrino has done well finding quality depth in his recruiting classes at Arkansas.

-Auburn and Clemson had a strong recruiting month in June, writes Jamie Newberg.

-Here’s a look at Alabama’s first 2012 commit, safety Eddie Williams.

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Thursday Evening One-Liners

Here are some recruiting headlines for your Thursday evening,

Alabama and Kentucky are battling Kansas for 2011 basketball prospect Trevor Lacey.

Kentucky native Anthony Hickey will visit LSU this weekend. He’ll make a decision on May 6.

The top in-state Georgia basketball coaches will be battling for the same prospects.

Arkansas is pushing for quarterback Jamil Golden now that Zeke Pike is headed to Auburn.

An Oklahoma State commit is now giving serious consideration to Arkansas.

Jamie Newberg looks at the recruiting method that works for Alabama coach Nick Saban.

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Reminder: Fulse To Announce Decision

Tight end Brandon Fulse from Fort Meade (Fla.) High School will announce his college decision this afternoon on ESPNU.

Fulse’s decision should come down to Auburn or Tennessee.

They are my top two,” Fulse told Jamie Newberg of ESPN.com. “But I still haven’t ruled out Miami and (North Carolina). I will base my decision on my comfort level with each school and the trust and relationship I have with the coaches. Playing time is important but it’s a real good situation at all four schools.”

Fulse is ranked the No. 5 tight end and No. 94 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN.

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Marlin Lane Confirms Commitment To Tennessee

Marlin Lane has confirmed his commitment to Tennessee.

The running back from Daytona Beach, Fla., said he gave his pledge to UT’s staff on Saturday night.

Lane said he planned to keep his commitment a secret until National Signing Day on Feb. 2. That plan changed when his trainer leaked the information to Jamie Newberg of ESPN.com, according to Lane.

That explains the differing reports regarding his status earlier today.

Lane is UT’s 24th commitment for the class of 2011.

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