UGA football added another defensive player to the 2021 class. Baltimore native Jason Dumas-Johnson committed to Georgia on Wednesday.
Dumas-Johnson is an old school recruit in a lot of ways. He’s not a five-star player, he’s not even ranked in the 247Sports Composite top 100. But he fits Georgia’s defensive scheme like a glove. Dumas-Johnson is listed as an outside linebacker, but he can play inside or out, and he usually lines up in the second level. Coaches will likely move him to inside linebacker in the 3-4 base defense.
The only knock against Dumas-Johnson is that he isn’t fully developed physically. He’s 6-1 and weighs 235 lbs. now, but his lack of upper body strength keeps him from a higher ranking. He ranks No. 214 nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings and No. 14 among all outside linebackers.
What Dumas-Johnson doesn’t lack is fundamentals. He is a fantastic football player, displaying ferocity on top of having great instincts. Dumas-Johnson is one of those guys who can dissect a play and break to the ball instantly. He takes great angles to the ball carrier and finishes strong with a hard wrap-up tackle. He is excellent against the run and quick passes and is also pretty good in pass coverage downfield.
His potential in Athens all depends on how quickly he adds upper-body strength. There are other young players already on the roster and on Georgia’s recruiting radar who have his skillset with an SEC-ready body. Don’t expect him to redshirt though, Dumas-Johnson can be an impact player on special teams in 2021 and parlay that into a larger role on the defense as a sophomore in 2022.