Longtime Tennessee target to announce collegiate decision this week

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    Four-star defensive lineman Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins will announce his collegiate decision this Friday, he announced on Twitter. Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are his finalists.

    “I will be committing this Friday, October 30th,” Ingram-Dawkins wrote.

    Ingram-Dawkins announced a final four of Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina on Sept. 3. The defensive tackle is the top-ranked player in the state of South Carolina according to the 247Sports Composite in the 2021 class.

    On Aug. 21, Ingram-Dawkins stated publicly that South Carolina and Tennessee were his “leaders” while Georgia was considered a “contender” and Alabama was his “dark horse.”

    According to 247Sports, Ingram-Dawkins is a four-star and is the top prospect in South Carolina out of Gafney High School. He’s ranked as the No. 5 overall defensive tackle and No. 86 overall recruit at 6-foot-5, 300-pounds.

    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. Ingram-Dawkins now holds over 25 offers.

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    South Carolina currently has four of the seven crystal ball predictions for Ingram-Dawkins, while Georgia has one. Former Tennessee defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who is now the d-line coach for the Gamecocks, is serving as South Carolina’s primary recruiter on Ingram-Dawkins.

    The Gamecocks have the majority of the crystal ball projections, but the last two have been in favor of Georgia.

    Former Tennessee defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh was the primary recruiter for Ingram-Dawkins on the Vols’ side of things. Chris Weinke has played an instrumental role in his recruitment as well.

    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. 10 in the country and sixth in the SEC per 247Sports. Of the Vols’ 25 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 project as defensive ends, and three-star Alabama jumbo athlete Trinity Bell could also play along the defensive line in college.