Vols Extend Offer to Huge JUCO Offensive Tackle

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    Tennessee is looking for immediate help on the offensive line in their 2019 class. The Vols added one junior college offensive lineman in their 2018 class to come play ASAP this year, and they’ll be looking for one or two to do the same for next season as well.

    And on Friday afternoon, the Vols sent out an offer to a huge JUCO offensive lineman in the 2019 class.

    Bamidele Olaseni is listed at 6-foot-8, 360 pounds, but he moves more like a defensive end rather than a lumbering offensive lineman. He’s extremely athletic and spry for someone who is so huge, and he can get low and push off well on run blocks as well. He has very long arms and can be seen manhandling almost every defender he’s matched up against in his highlight film. Granted, most of the defenders he’s going up against in his film are linebackers or smaller defensive linemen, but even the bigger players aren’t able to get by him.

    Olaseni plays for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and the Vols are just the latest offer in what’s been a hectic last 30 days for Olaseni. Since January 30th, Olaseni has picked up seven scholarship offers. He holds offers from Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Minnesota, and now Tennessee as well.

    Right now, Olaseni isn’t ranked by any of the major recruiting services, but he’s expected to be one of the top JUCO offensive tackles in the 2019 cycle.

    Highlight films can be made in a way to mask a player’s weaknesses, and they can sometimes be deceiving. But if Olaseni’s film speaks true to what his abilities are, he could come in and start immediately for Tennessee in 2019.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.