The North Carolina Tar Heels dipped into Georgia to land their first four star player on the defensive side of the ball for 2014. On Wednesday night, Marietta linebacker Tyrell Tomlin pledged his services to Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels.
After making several trips to Chapel Hill in recent months, Tomlin ended his speculation on Twitter, saying: “I am taking my talents to the University of North Carolina.” The 5-foot-11 229-pound prospect chose North Carolina over North Carolina State and Tennessee.
Tomlin should be a nice fit in the 4-2-5 scheme the Tar Heels employ. He displays great instincts in the run game, getting downhill, shedding blocks and finishing tackles efficiently. He has also shown a tenacity and willingness to track down runners all over the field. He’s a competitive kid who uses his great quickness and agility to wreak havoc on opposing offenses. As a junior, he had 120 tackles, 20 of which went for a loss.
Additionally, Tomlin is an above average pass defender. While he doesn’t have blazing speed, he is an excellent athlete which should bode well for defending the pass at the collegiate level. He does a nice job of getting into his drops in zone schemes and could very well be effective in man to man situations.
The Tar Heels have now received verbals from three linebackers after not signing any in 2013. Cayson Collins and Malik Carney previously verballed to the Tar Heels, and now with Tomlin in the fold, it’s likely the Tar Heels are done at linebacker for this recruiting cycle.
B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.