February 4, 2013
Meet the Recruit: Sadiq Olanrewaju
First things first: It is pronounced sah-DEEK O-lahn-ree-wah-shew. Sadiq Olanrewaju is a large, athletic, semi-raw OL prospect. He reeled in 3-star ratings from both 247 and Rivals, and that was based mostly on his size (6-6, 280) and potential. He's far from refined, far from a finished product. I stop short of calling him a project, however, because after a redshirt and a year to understudy, I think he's got the potential to be a starting left tackle, and a pretty good one. Branden Albert 2.0, right here... but not quite as heavy, with better feet, and with better potential to protect the blind side at the college level. He'll need to add strength, but I hope the coaching staff doesn't try to make him too big -- a fleet-footed OT can be a real weapon, both in pass pro and as a pulling blocker in the run game. Olanrewaju will be a fun OL prospect to follow as he develops.
UVA Projection: I like his potential to compete for a spot on the two-deep by his redshirt sophomore season, 2015. He'll work behind Jay Whitmire, Sean Karl, and Mike Mooney, and then be ready to take over a starting spot once those guys are gone. So call Sadiq a starter as a junior and senior, hopefully with left tackle upside.