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4-star UGA Football Commit 100% "Locked In" With the Dawgs

June 4, 2024

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ATHENS - There’s one Georgia Bulldog commitment that Bulldog fans may not know a lot about this second.

That would be four-star EDGE, Darren Ikinnagbon‍.

And that’s alright. The New Jersey native started playing football for the first time as a sophomore, but he’s quickly become a top EDGE defender in the 2025 class and someone the Georgia staff wanted badly.

The 6-foot-6 250-pounder out of Hillside (NJ) committed to Georgia publicly right after Georgia’s G-Day scrimmage in mid-April and was back in town for his official visit this past weekend.

The dynamic, fast-rising defender spoke with Dawg Post to recap his official visit and more.

“I committed to Georgia because I wanted to get developed by the best”, Ikinnagbon said. “They’re the best in the game right now. I liked the way coach Diribe and I built our relationship. He always checked up on me and it’s more than just football with him. He did tell me that he really likes the way I stop the run and how I play with leverage.”



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What did Ikinnagbon enjoy most about his official visit?

“The best part of my official visit was sitting with the coaches and how they informed my parents about everything. It was their first visit down there and it was an informative visit that allowed them to learn a lot about the program and the school in general. It felt great to know they trusted me. They see my talent and my ability.”

Who does he want to play with in Athens?

“I’d like to play with Justus Terry but I’m working on some New Jersey guys like Jahmir Joseph and Jaelyne Matthews, too. It looked like Justus (Terry) and Isaiah Gibson were having a good time.”

What does he like the most about coach Smart?

“I like how Coach Smart is going to coach us hard. He’s not going to be soft on us. He’s going to be tough and get us to where we need to be. There will be ups and downs on the field but you have to push through it. He was easy to talk too and my mom liked him a lot.”

Does he have any other official visits planned?

“Ohio State was still recruiting me but I canceled that official visit.”

What makes Georgia special?

“Georgia’s special because of the competitive nature there. Nothing is handed to you at Georgia. You have to work for it. That’s the culture they’ve built.”


Ikinnagbon is ranked as the No. 10 EDGE defender and the No. 72 overall prospect in the country for the 2025 class.


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