May 26, 2024

Kentucky has successfully secured the commitment of Jamon Dumas-Johnson, a linebacker transferring from Georgia, who stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 245 pounds. Dumas-Johnson, rated at 93 out of 100 in the 247Sports transfer portal rankings, is considered the top linebacker and the 13th overall prospect.

During an official visit to Lexington on the last weekend before the dead period, Dumas-Johnson also considered Auburn. With two years of eligibility left, he entered the transfer portal on December 15, following Georgia’s exclusion from the College Football Playoffs.

In the 2022 season, he played in nine games, contributing 34 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 2 pass deflections. Dumas-Johnson had an impactful role in Georgia’s back-to-back National Championships, starting all 15 games in 2021 and being a key reserve in 2022. His final season was marred by an arm injury that sidelined him for the last three games, including the SEC Championship Game.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart praised Dumas-Johnson as a vocal leader, emphasizing his ability to gauge when to motivate or support his teammates.

Kentucky, known for its strong linebackers, has seen success with players like Jamin Davis and Trevin Wallace. Defensive coordinator Brad White, who recruited Dumas-Johnson out of St. Frances Academy, has been instrumental in the Wildcats’ linebacker success. As a high school recruit, Dumas-Johnson was rated highly, ranking as the nation’s 22nd linebacker and the 198th overall prospect.

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Dumas-Johnson is the sixth transfer to join Kentucky’s program this offseason, alongside other notable additions like quarterback Brock Vandagriff.

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