Jalen Rivers is a 6-5 and 325lb third year freshman out of Oakleaf High School in Jacksonville, FL. A highly touted consensus 4-star prospect that chose Miami over the likes of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida State. As a true freshman in 2020, he saw game action in seven games. In 2021, he emerged as the starting left guard but an injury set him back and he was medically redshirted. Mario Cristobal has publicly raved about the “rare” talent and versatility of Jalen Rivers. In 2022, he projects as an integral piece of the offensive line.
Jakai Clark is a 6-3 and 305lb fourth year junior from Grayson High School in Loganville, GA. As a true freshman in 2019, he started all 12 games at right guard. In 2020, he saw game action in 11 games and started 10 games at left guard. In 2021, he started the final 9 games of the season at center where he excelled and served as one of the team’s anchors on the offensive line. QB Tyler Van Dyke recently praised the intelligence of Jakai Clark noting, “it starts with Jakai… I can really trust him.” Jakai Clark has been named on the Rimington Trophy Watchlist which is annually awarded to the nation’s top center.
DJ Scaife, Jr. is a 6-3 and 314lb fifth year senior out of Southridge High School in Miami, FL. A consensus four-star prospect and Swiss-army knife of the Canes offensive line since 2018. In 2018, he saw game action in all 13 contests and started 7 games primarily at right tackle. In 2019, he started all 13 games and 12 of them at right tackle. In 2020, Scaife started all 11 games at right guard and was a leader on the offensive line. In 2021, he played in all 12 games and started 8 games at right guard with 1 game at right tackle. In 2022, he looks to be the veteran leader of the line at right guard and benefit greatly from the new coaching philosophies.
John Campbell, Jr. is a 6-5 and 320lb fifth year redshirt junior out of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL. In 2018 as a true freshman, he saw action in 4 games and was athletically redshirted. In 2019, he saw game action in 11 games and made two starts at right tackle. In 2020, he made 4 starts on the offensive line at left tackle. In 2021, Campbell, Jr. did not see any action as he was recovering from surgery on his leg. In 2022, he looks to make a big step forward as someone who has greatly benefited from time in the weight room and training room during 2021. Mario Cristobal has publicly stated, “ We expect John to be one of the best lineman on the team and in the country.” John Campbell, Jr. is another member of this offensive line room that look to greatly benefit from the new offensive line staff. We would not be shocked to see him take a major step forward in 2022.
Offensive Lineman John Campbell Jr.
Some names to keep an eye on as the season progresses are transfer portal additions from Oregon Logan Sagapolu & Jonathan Denis, and the UNLV transplant Justice Oluwaseun. Those three are set to battle for their respective spots on the new look offensive line as the season takes shape. We expect them to contribute as physical swing men that can plug and play where injuries may arise.
Lawrence Seymore is the 6-2, 315 pound redshirt freshman from Miami Gardens, Florida. While serving primarily as a member of the practice squad, Seymore saw action in two games last year. (Duke, Central Connecticut State) The consensus four-star prospect had an extensive offer sheet. Chose Miami over offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee among others.
Anez Cooper is a 6-6 350 pound behemoth who recently made waves in practice and could be seen also on the defensive side of the ball this year. Cooper held offers from Auburn and Georgia before selecting Miami on signing day.