Vols Among New List of Top Teams for 4-Star DL

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    Back in May, Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins released a list of his top schools and said he planned on committing soon. His plans changed, and now a little over two months later, his top schools have also changed. But Tennessee has remained as one of Ingram-Dawkins’ favorite schools.

    The four-star defensive lineman who plays for Gaffney High School in Gaffney, South Carolina tweeted out a graphic of his top six schools on Tuesday, making a slight adjustment from his top six back in May. Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina remained from Ingram-Dawkins’ previous top six, but Penn State and Florida State were replaced with Alabama and Virginia Tech. The talented lineman also added that he will be “committing soon” but did not specify a date.

    According to 247Sports, Ingram-Dawkins is a four-star and is the top prospect in the state of South Carolina in the 2021 class. He’s also the No. 17 defensive tackle and No. 285 overall recruit, and the 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman has over two dozen scholarship offers from around the country. He’s rated even higher in the regular 247Sports rankings, coming in at No. 86 overall and No. 5 among defensive tackles.

    Tennessee offered Ingram-Dawkins back on January 15th of this year, giving him his fifth overall offer and his second SEC offer. The in-state Gamecocks were the first SEC school to offer him. Alabama is the most recent school to offer the South Carolina prospect, doing so on June 8th.

    The Vols have made Ingram-Dawkins a big priority, and UT’s coaches have kept in contact with him frequently. He also appears to be a big fan of Tennessee ace recruiter Brian Niedermeyer, and both defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh have been active in his recruitment.

    Ingram-Dawkins is big and athletic. He’s capable of playing inside as a true defensive tackle or coming off the edge as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He has a great initial burst and uses that quickness and his good upper body strength to blow by blockers. He has incredible length and has explosive ability.

    As a junior last season, Ingram-Dawkins totaled 70 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and eight sacks for Gaffney.

    Tennessee’s 2021 class currently ranks No. 3 in the country and second in the SEC per 247Sports. Of the Vols’ 23 current commits, only two are projected as defensive tackles. Four-star KaTron Evans and three-star Isaac Washington are the only two Vol commits listed as defensive tackles currently. Top-40 prospect Dylan Brooks and three-star Darrell Jackson are listed as defensive ends, and three-star Alabama jumbo athlete Trinity Bell could also play along the defensive line in college.