Hurricanes defensive end/tackle Adewale Ojomo was denied a sixth year of eligibility according to the university via Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel. Ojomo missed the 2009 season after his jaw was broken by a walk-on teammate in a locker room altercation, but was seeking the red shirt for his freshman season, according to Gorten.
The NCAA’s denial of the request comes after head coach Al Golden expressed optimism shortly after the season that the sixth year would be granted.
Ojomo moved from end to tackle this season as the Hurricanes struggled with depth at the position. He started seven games in total, and saw action in 11. He ended his senior season with 19 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. His best year came in 2010 when he recorded career-highs in tackles (38), sacks (5), and tackles for loss (7.5).
Losing Ojomo further depletes Miami’s experience on the interior of the defensive line. Defensive tackle Marcus Forston has signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus and will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft in April. The Canes also lose senior DT Micanor Regis.
Ojomo was a part of the Randy Shannon‘s first recruiting class in 2007. He attended Hialeah High School.