Oyenmwen “Junior” Uzebu
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
High School: Alpharetta
Position: Offensive line
Vanderbilt brought in three transfers in the 2021 signing class. Andrew already wrote about former Temple running back Re’Mahn “The Hypothesis” Davis back in January; today, we look at Junior Uzebu, an offensive lineman who comes to Vanderbilt after three years (one redshirt) at West Virginia.
Ranked as the #45 offensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2018 coming out of Alpharetta High School in Georgia, Uzebu didn’t see the field much in his time at WVU. He started at left tackle against Oklahoma State last September, but that was (according to West Virginia’s game notes) the only game of the 2020 season in which he appeared. In 2019, he appeared in two games against Oklahoma and Iowa State. That was the extent of his playing time at WVU.
Of course, that’s pretty much par for the course for a Power 5 transfer coming to Vanderbilt: a guy who looked like he had decent potential coming out of high school, but who couldn’t get on the field and transferred elsewhere in search of playing time. He still has good size for the tackle spot, but it’s also not clear that he’ll win a starting spot at Vanderbilt; in fact, I have my suspicions that Uzebu was brought in as an insurance policy in case the offensive linemen who opted out of the 2020 season (Johnathan Stewart, Cole Clemens, and Bryce Bailey) decided not to return in 2021, but it appears that all three will, and that should help a ton to prevent Vanderbilt from having to play some of the 2020 and 2021 high school recruits before they’re ready.