Paul Johnson received the biggest commitment of the 2018 recruiting cycle today when four-star defensive tackle TK Chimedza, a highly-touted prospect out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, announced his intentions to play football at Georgia Tech.
A top-30 defensive tackle prospect in the nation, Chimedza stands at 6-foot-1 and 296 pounds. His impressive athleticism and successful career at a high school powerhouse helped Chimedza land offers from UGA, Duke, Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee, and others. Boasting a 0.8914 247Sports Composite rating, Chimedza is the third highest-rated prospect to commit to Tech since the 2012 recruiting class — he trails only Bruce Jordan-Swilling and Shamire Devine in that respect.
Watching his junior highlights proves why Chimedza is so prized as a run stuffer in recruiting circles. He’s quite agile for someone of his stature and shows great pursuit skills and vision from his interior position, chasing down ball-carriers very fluidly. It does appear that he struggles to get off of blocks from time to time, but his raw athleticism and quickness give him the potential to be an impact player at the collegiate level. There’s also something to be said for his level of competition in high school, which is among the highest in the country; IMG Academy finished 2016 as the top team in Florida and the fourth-best in the nation.
At Tech, Chimedza will slot in very nicely next to just about anyone. It’s too early to say who will be starting come 2018, but suffice it to say that a defensive line featuring both he and Brandon Adams would make for a tough unit to run on. Chimedza is the fourth commitment of the cycle, joining defensive back Charlie Thomas, offensive lineman Harrison Jump, and wide receiver PJ Harris.