While many thought that the Hurricanes were done adding players from the transfer portal for the 2021 season, myself included, Manny Diaz brought in some depth up front, as Justice Oluwaseun announced he’d be transferring to Miami from UNLV.
Here’s what you should know about the offensive lineman, and also what to like.
A redshirt junior, Oluwaseun has played both right and left tackle during his college career, starting all 6 games in 2020 at RT. During the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Oluwaseun played under Garin Justice, who was serving as the Rebels OL coach, as well as offensive coordinator.
BREAKING: UNLV OL Justice Oluwaseun is transferring to UM. Oluwaseun played under Miami’s current OL coach Garin Justice at UNLV. pic.twitter.com/nL2GT23kbi— Canes Access (@CanesAccess) May 22, 2021
Last year, Oluwaseun was rated by PFF as the 48th best tackle in college football, with a pass blocking grade of 79.4 and a run blocking grade of 76.8. Looking below, you can see Oluwaseun has improved every year, taking a big leap from 2019 to 2020.
Miami’s new OL 6’3 325 Lbs Justice Oluwaseun has some great PFF grades and took huge strides in development every year. pic.twitter.com/GmUMmhMwsa— EndoGains (@EndoGains) May 23, 2021
Oluwaseun has real good size at 6-3 and 325 pounds, with exceptional strength in the weight room. What I like about Oluwaseun is his versatility on the offensive line, mainly his experience at both tackle spots, while he also has one start at left guard.
Adding Oluwaseun gives an already experienced Miami offensive line even more experience, as he he’ll bring his 21 career starts to Coral Gables. The Hurricanes will now have a combined 186 career starts on OL.
What it also says is that Rhett Lashlee and coach Justice may feel that they needed another player on the OL, maybe someone who could further challenge for the starting spot at left guard or right tackle. Zion Nelson has the left tackle spot secured, and while it looks like Jalen Rivers will become the starter at LG, the fact that Jakai Clark is recovering from an injury makes the addition of Oluwaseun that more crucial.
OL Justice Oluwaseun adds immediate experience (to an already very experienced offensive line), chemistry (w/ Coach Justice) & quality depth.— Jasmaine P. ✍ (@Truly_Jas) May 22, 2021
Justice played tackle and guard, at UNLV and has two years of eligibility.
A good run blocker to put alongside/with Navaughn Donaldson.
Then at RT, Jarrid Williams is back with DJ Scaife behind him, Oluwaseun gives the Canes just a little more depth and experience if an injury occurs or there’s inconsistent play from Williams.
One important note, Oluwaseun will have two seasons of eligibility remaining in college, and is someone who could compete for a starting role in 2022 if he continues to trend upwards as a player.
I’m not going to sit here and say that Oluwaseun is the missing link to help get the Canes to Charlotte and win 10+ games, but it’s another experienced player on the offensive line, who’s shown that he’s still developing in college. I’ll take it.