Ingram-Dawkins, who is the top-ranked player in South Carolina and the 17th-best defensive tackle in the country for the Class of 2021, revealed a top six this week that consisted of South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and the Hokies.
While Virginia Tech is considered a long-shot in his recruitment at this point, they have made the top six due to Ingram-Dawkins’ building relationship with defensive line coaches Bill Teerlinck and Darryl Tapp.
Over the coming weeks, SI will unveil its preseason top 10 for each of 14 position groups. SI will unveil its initial top 99 ranking, the SI99, on August 24. This process began this past week, as the top 10 quarterbacks were unveiled by SI All-American. This week, SI All-American continued its series, as the top 10 offensive linemen were revealed.
The evaluation process will continue throughout the season “until the list of 1,000 contenders coalesces around just 25 young men who can say proudly they are the best of the best — they are Sports Illustrated All-Americans,” said SI Director of Football Recruiting John Garcia, Jr.
The candidates will be narrowed to 250 in October and 99 in November, and will culminate with 25 first-team Sports Illustrated All-Americans saluted at SI’s annual Sportsperson of the Year banquet in New York in December.
Prospect: Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins
Status: SI All-American Candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-5, 298 pounds
Position: Defensive Tackle
School: Gaffney (S.C.)
Schools of Interest: South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia Tech.
Projected Position: Defensive Tackle
Frame: Big and tall. Adequate width and mass across upper body. Long, powerful arms. Thick, tightly-wound thighs and trunk with developing calves. Ample room for more mass and muscle.
Athleticism: Strong, fluid and explosive. Overwhelms high-school linemen with power. Moves like player 30 pounds small