Tuesday, June 6, 2023

DJ Uiagalelei remains a top name in the transfer portal

There have been plenty of moves announced in the transfer portal so far, with former Clemson starting quarterback DJ Uigallei one of the most notable names in the portal yet to make a decision.

Popular opinion is that Uigalelli is moving back to California to continue his career, with UCLA being the school many have linked to. With the recent news that five-star 2023 quarterback Dante Moore has flipped his commitment from Oregon to UCLA, Uigalelli found making a move to the Bruins that much more impossible.

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According to Max Chadwick of the PFF, Uiagalelei is the third best player left in the transfer portal. Here’s what Chadwick had to say about Uigallee:

3. QB DJ Uigallei (Clemson Tigers)

Transfer Destination: undecided

Despite being benched several times this year, DJ Uigallei showed improvement from last season. The former five-star recruit posted a 79.6 grade in 2022 after scoring 66.3 last year.

The junior has the arm to make any throws he is told; The issue has been inaccuracy, stemming from his footwork. Since 2021, his 23.8% untouched pass rate ranks 107th out of 134 FBS quarterbacks. If Uygaleli can continue to improve in that regard, he has limitless potential.

For his next stop, keep an eye on Oregon. The Ducks could lose starter Bo Nix, and five-star edge defender and DJ’s younger brother, Mataio Uigallelli, listed Oregon in their top three. The other two schools in their top three, USC and Ohio State, likely won’t be in the market for a quarterback this offseason. A homecoming in the West appears to be in the cards for the DJ, who hails from California.

The Oregon junior would have been another great option for quarterback, but with Bo Nix announcing his return to school, that’s another option taken away from Uyagallee.

From the point of view of pure talent, there are few quarterbacks in the country with Uigallei’s physical equipment and arm talent. It’s his mechanics, especially his footwork, that have kept the young quarterback from truly unleashing that talent.

I believe it would be in his best interest to make the move to a school that has the ability and resources to help Uyagaleli fully work on his mechanics.

Where do you think the former five-star quarterback would be the best fit?

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