The state’s top ranked recruit in the 2021 class, four-star DT Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins (6-5 300), announced a commitment to Georgia Friday afternoon. Ingram-Dawkins’ long played out recruiting process included USC, Tennessee and North Carolina in his final four along with the Bulldogs. He is a finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina for 2020.
USC was one of the first major programs to recruit Ingram-Dawkins with high intensity, and the Gamecocks appeared to be in a strong position to land him, but it’s their SEC rivals in Athens who will have the athletic Ingram-Dawkins to develop over the next few years.
“He’s just long and powerful,” Jones said. “He’s 6-5, 305 and got a good, quick first step. Just a dominant high school football player, there’s no doubt about that. I guess he’s the type of kid who is the hardest to find as far as listening to college coaches. On the recruiting trail, they can fine those linebackers and running backs and stuff, but those 300 pound defensive linemen that can move and bend, they are hard to find. And he is one of them.”
Jones added that expects to see Ingram-Dawkins lining up right in the middle of the defensive front.
“He’ll be an inside guy, a three-technique, nose-man, inside, interior guy,” Jones said. “I think his upside is going to be tremendous. Towards the end of last year and this year is really when he’s come out. You know those big guys sometimes develop a little late. He won’t be 18 until July. The guy is just now maturing. A couple of more years of that testosterone, he’s going to be something.”
Ingram-Dawkins also had offers from Syracuse, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, Penn State, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Florida State. He has said he will be graduating early.
Last season Dawkins totaled 70 tackles with 17 tackles for loss and 8 sacks.