Former five-star quarterback recruit DJ Uiagalelei spent his first three seasons with the Clemson Tigers where he was the team’s starting quarterback under head coach Dabo Swinney. But it sounds like he didn’t particularly enjoy his time at Clemson.
This offseason, DJ Uiagalelei decided to transfer to the Oregon State Beavers. And he had an absolutely brutal assessment of his former school.
“I didn’t want to do what I was doing at Clemson. I didn’t really like what we did there scheme-wise,” Uiagalelei said according to On3. “It was very basic. It didn’t help me out as a quarterback and play to my strengths. I wanted to go somewhere that would play to my strengths and go somewhere that would develop me for the NFL. Play-action, work under center, throwing the ball deep.”
“This has been definitely different. The scheme is totally different than what we were doing at Clemson. I feel like it’s a lot better,” said Uiagalelei. “It’s just new stuff. I wasn’t doing any of these run-checks at the line; I wasn’t really under center. It’s a lot more plays. All of these different play-action plays; these different two-man routes, three-man routes. All the stuff that I wanted to do at Clemson but we weren’t doing. It’s exciting. I’m just taking it day-by-day.”
We’ll have to see how things work out for both Clemson and Uiagalelei after his departure.