Miami Hurricanes fill big need with Akheem Mesidor pickup

There was some major news for the Miami Hurricanes on Wednesday as they landed on West Virginia transfer defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor.

Mesidor was offered by the likes of Auburn, USC, and Tennessee, but the Miami hurricanes managed to beat those schools for his services.


Mesidor measures in at six-foot-two, 272 pounds. He played in 12 games last season recording 38 total tackles and a sack. His best game statistically came in the team’s opener against Maryland. He recorded nine tackles in that contest.

His numbers were a bit down from what was a solid 2020 season. That year, he appeared in 10 games and recorded 32 tackles. He was more of a pass-rusher, recording five sacks on the season.

What could he bring to Miami Hurricanes?

Mesidor brings experience to the Miami Hurricanes’ defensive line. This is something that they desperately need. The Hurricanes have the talent on the line, just not a bunch of experience. Jared Harrison-Hunte and Leonard Taylor are two players on the line that have talent. However, they are going to need to develop a bit more.

Mesidor allows for the Hurricanes to have experience as they look to bridge the gap to the younger players. He is somebody that can play right away on the line, and it gives them immediate help at the position. For the Hurricanes, this is more of a question of having game-ready depth than not having enough depth at all.

With the addition of Mesidor the Miami Hurricanes have now added four defensive lineman via the transfer portal this offseason. This is an area that the program obviously wants to address, and they have done so to this point.

How it all shakes out is going to be the next question, but the addition of Mesidor looks very good on paper. He gives Miami some breathing room at the position.

 

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