Miami football OL Javion Cohen named top 10 ACC 2023 impact transfer

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

Russ Wood the Rivals.Com Transfer Portal National Analyst named Miami offensive lineman Javon Cohen from Alabama one of the “ACC: Ten transfers who will make biggest impact in 2023.” Rivals ranks Cohen as the 28th transfer overall and third OL in the 2022 cycle. Cohen is a key addition to the Miami football roster.

Miami upgrades its depth and experience while improving production on the 2023 OL. The Hurricanes also added former Central Florida center Matthew Lee to the 2023 roster. Cohen was the 333rd-ranked player nationally, 25th offensive tackle and 16th in Alabama in the Class of 2020 in the 247 Sports composite rankings.

Cohen is the third highest-rated transfer to an ACC school behind North Carolina State quarterback Brennan Armstrong from Virginia and tight end Kyle Morlock from Division II Shorter University to Florida State. The Miami football team plays both North Carolina State and Florida State in 2023.

Cohen was primarily a left guard at Alabama. Jalen Rivers who missed most of the second half of the 2022 season began last year as the starting LG for Miami. Cohen and Rivers are projected to team with Lee to give Miami a very good interior of the OL. The depth, experience and talent on the Miami OL will all be improved in 2023.

"Javion Cohen “Cohen, who earned second-team All-SEC honors following the 2022 season, is the No.4-ranked OL and No. 27 ranked overall player in the Rivals Transfer Portal Rankings. Expect to see him in the Miami starting lineup on day one.He adds experience (25 starts and over 1,500 snaps at Alabama) and hopefully production (posted 17 knockdown blocks and allowed just 1.5 sacks this season). Cohen has two seasons of eligibility remaining, so his impact will be felt for a while in the ACC.”"

Cohen was a starter in the last two years for Alabama after being named to the All-SEC freshman team in 2020. Miami has not developed OL recently. Adding Cohen and Lee will help stabilize the Miami OL until the younger players develop. Miami should have a deeper corps at OT entering the 2023 season.

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Left tackle Zion Nelson returns after missing the entire 2022 season and 2023 signees Francis Mauigoa and Samson Okunlola are five-star prospects with a lot of upside. Cohen is projected for guard, but Miami has the option to move him outside to tackle if Mauigoa or Okunlola are not ready or Nelson is still injured.