New Interest for Mama

Offensive lineman Damien Mama

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2014 offensive lineman Damien Mama has two Pac-12 offers and is hearing from a few more programs...

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco has a number of talented underclassmen on its roster and offensive lineman Damien Mama is no exception.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound prospect picked up an offer from Colorado earlier this year and received his second offer from another Pac-12 program.

"Utah offered me about a month ago. We played Sandy (Utah) Jordan and the offer came soon after that. I'd been getting mail and communicating with them a lot; my cousin, Nick Alaimalo, works with the football team there. I'm keeping my options open to them," he said.

As he continues to hear from a number of programs from around the country, two conferences in particular are really standing out.

"I really like the Pac-12 schools because I think I want to stay on the West Coast, but I like the SEC a lot, too. I just got a letter from Alabama today, and I like both Florida and Texas A&M, too.

"I'm hearing from USC, UCLA, California. I'm hearing from pretty much everyone except Stanford. I've been to a couple of Pac-12 games this season: USC vs. Oregon, USC vs. Cal, UCLA vs. Utah, and I should be at the USC vs. Notre Dame game. Oregon has impressed me the most because we run the same offense that they do and it's good to see them execute," he said.

Mama is no rush to make a decision, however, and is looking forward to exploring all of his options over the next year.

For now, his focus is on the Braves and helping the team continue further into playoffs.

"We have a very good team and a very strong junior class. We knew we would come out strong this season. I think I've improved overall as a player, not just with one thing. There were a lot of things I'd been working on and I had been sitting behind other good players and learning their technique. Coach Adams has helped me out a lot," he said.

After his football season is over, Mama will begin wrestling and says he thinks he'll end up cutting some weight.

"When next season begins, I'm hoping to be around 290-295 lbs.," he said.

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