Mario Cristobal’s already heralded incoming class of offensive linemen simply acquired beefier for the higher.
Alabama left guard Javion Cohen, a Crimson Tide starter and second-team All-SEC honoree by the league coaches, introduced his allegiance to the University of Miami as a soon-to-be switch.
The 6-4, 305-pound Cohen, from Phenix City, Alabama, posted on Twitter a photograph of himself in his ‘Bama uniform with the phrase “Miami” written throughout the highest and on the underside in large letters “COMMITTED,’’ with the orange and green U underneath.
“305 let’s handle business,’’ Cohen tweeted.
Cohen, who has two years of eligibility remaining, will join five-star high school offensive line commits Samson Okunlola and Francis Mauigoa, as well as 3-star commits Tommy Kinsler, Frankie Tinilau and Antonio Tripp. And that’s not including veterans Zion Nelson, who was injured almost all last season; Jalen Rivers, who also was injured much of the season; center Jakai Clark and up-and-coming llineman Anez Cooper.
The Hurricanes recently lost fifth-year left tackle John Campbell Jr. to the transfer portal. Veteran D.J. Scaife is entering the NFL Draft.
Cohen visited campus this weekend and told InsidetheU of the 247Sports recruiting network: “The people here are genuine and they respect you. That was something that was very important to me. I’m a people person and being able to work with someone who cares about you more than even an athlete is very important…”
The 247Sports web site has Cohen because the No. 8 ranked participant and high offensive lineman in its switch rankings. He began 10 video games in 2022 and performed 554 whole snaps, with 17 knockdown blocks, 1.5 sacks allowed, 4 pressures, 4 quarterback hits and three penalties, based on the Alabama web site.
In 2021 he began 14 video games for Alabama’s No. 6 scoring offense, No. 7 passing offense and No. 5 purple zone offense. And in 2020 he was chosen to the SEC All-Freshman Team after taking part in sparingly at Tennessee after which towards Mississippi State, and off the bench towards Kentucky, LSU and Arkansas.
Cohen was a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports at Phenix City Central High. He was ranked the ninth greatest participant in Alabama by Rivals and No. 15 by the 247Sports composite rankings.
This story was initially revealed December 18, 2022 2:06 PM.