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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
West Coast OL receives Alabama offer

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior offensive guard Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) was in the middle of speed training when his head coach informed him that Alabama had called and wanted him to call back. That got the 6-foot-5, 340-pound prospect pretty excited.

When Mama called back, UA assistant coach Greg Brown informed him that he had a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide.

“It was actually a really big surprise,” he said.

The California native now has over 15 scholarship offers, but the Alabama offer caught his attention.

“It was really exciting,” Mama said. “The history of the school, national champions, great offensive linemen, just everything.”

Recently, the 2014 offensive lineman took unofficial trips to Arizona State, USC and Washington. In April, he was planning to visit Ole Miss, but he now plans to make a stop in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as well when he hits the Southeast.

Will distance be a factor for Mama?

“My parents told me to just go where you feel comfortable, just make the right decision where you want to go,” he said.

As for his position, most teams believe he’s versatile enough to play either tackle or guard. Alabama doesn’t care. They just like that he’s big.

Since new assistant coach Mario Cristobal was hired two weeks ago, the Tide have offered seven offensive linemen. The group ranges from California to New York and includes a couple of juco players, but the common theme between all of them has been size.

They’re all big.