First-Year Profile: Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins
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Over the next month, DogWatch will be looking at the Bulldogs’ incoming freshman in a new series called First Year Profile.
Today, we will look at Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins.
Ranking: No. 146 overall, No. 23 defensive linemen and the No. 1-rated player in South Carolina, per the 247Sports Composite.
Height/Size: 6-foot-5, 300-pounds
Background: The Georgia coaching staff had to compete with a few other schools to land Ingram-Dawkins. In this case, the Bulldogs had to hold off both South Carolina and Tennessee, who were both trending towards the end. The in-state Gamecocks made a late surge for Ingram-Dawkins, however, he chose UGA on Oct. 30, 2020, and signed his letter of intent on Dec. 16. Then, he enrolled early and UGA and started classes on Jan 10.
2021 Potential Impact: Ingram-Dawkins mainly played defensive tackle at Gaffney High School. However, he also played a little bit of defensive end, too. The South Carolina native was the ideal prospect for UGA defensive line coach Tray Scott because of his size and frame. He arrived in Athens weighing around 300-pounds, which is what the Georgia coaching staff wants him to be at (or a little above) before the start of fall camp in August. Ingram-Dawkins also possesses the intangibles and knowledge of the game to definitely make an impact during his freshman campaign at UGA.
Nonetheless, Georgia is loaded at defensive tackle, and he would have to compete for playing time with fellow freshman Jonathan Jefferson at defensive end. So, it might be hard for Ingram-Dawkins to see the field unless Georgia suffers a rash of injuries at the respective positions. He’s also a little behind the eight-ball in learning the new defensive schemes, which is another setback, but it helps that he enrolled early. Ingram-Dawkins will more than likely redshirt in 2021. If he does, he has the chance to make an appearance in at least four games, though.
Scouting Report: Large defensive line prospect who could fit various roles in differing schemes. Great height and overall size that is ready to step on the field at the high-major level the moment he arrives on campus. Stout, burly build that wears mass well in part because of an 80-plus wingspan. Physically exploded from sophomore to junior years, growing more than an inch and gaining 60-plus pounds. Flashes impressive initial explosion. Combines that with sudden heavy-handedness to consistently disrupt at the line of scrimmage. Size and strength to play inside full-time with functional athleticism and movement ability to play outside with a hand on the ground. Pursues well relative to size and finishes with intent as a tackler. Recorded impressive impact production (16.5 TFL, 7 sacks) relative to seven-game senior schedule. Expanding technical nuance will further foster playmaking ability. Bona fide high-major defensive lineman who could play in any front and become a difference-maker. Physical tools provide for high floor, while long-term ceiling could reach the early rounds of the NFL Draft. - Charles Power
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