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Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins names Tennessee to top six

He says he’ll be committing soon.

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A top defensive line target of the Tennessee Volunteers has narrowed his focus down to six schools. Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins, a four-star defensive lineman out of Gaffney, South Carolina, included Tennessee alongside of South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

Alabama and Virginia Tech are new additions to his list, while Florida State and Penn State failed to make this round of cuts.

Ingram-Dawkins is the 86th ranked player in the class of 2021, according to 247Sports’ rankings. He checks in at 6-5, 298 pounds, ranking as the top player in the state of South Carolina.

Tennessee offered Ingram-Dawkins on January 15th, quickly getting him on campus for an unofficial visit just days later. The Volunteers have firmly been in the mix since, keeping in contact during the virtual-only summer months.

South Carolina is the perceived leader for Ingram-Dawkins, currently sitting with four of five crystal ball projections, per 247Sports. The Gamecocks have former Tennessee defensive line coach Tracy Rocker as the lead recruiter on his case, which is interesting considering that Rocker was on staff in Knoxville at the time that the Volunteers offered. Jimmy Brumbaugh, Rocker’s replacement, has taken the lead on his recruitment for Tennessee.

The Volunteers currently have three defensive line commitments — KaTron Evans, Isaac Washington and Darrell Jackson. Tennessee holds 23 total commitments, which is good for the third-ranked class in the nation right now.

Ingram-Dawkins is an explosive athlete with all of the measurables necessary to make an impact at the next level. That combination of length and explosiveness offers upside as an interior pass rusher, which he used to put up eight sacks last season as a junior.