SoCal OL enjoying his recruitment with ASU

There are very few assurances in the world of college football recruiting, but one aspect of the Western region's 2014 class already appears to be a certainty, and that is the high caliber of prospects hailing from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco HS. Offensive lineman Damien Mama, who visited Tempe a few weeks ago, is one recruit garnering heavy attention from the Sun Devils and others.

The 6-5 340-pound Damien Mama, attended Arizona State's Junior Day event the weekend of February 23rd and gave his unofficial visit to the school high marks.

"It was a great time," Mama said. "I had fun touring the campus, the weight room and all the facilities, and building a relationship with the coaches. It was a good experience. The tutoring and education aspect is what impressed me the most. You can tell that they really want you to succeed not only in football but also with your education and whatever happens after your football career.

"They have one of the highest graduation rates with football players in the nation so that was very cool."

From a football perspective, Mama commented that he was impressed with the overall offensive system and the schemes that the Sun Devils' front five ran.

"I sat down with the offensive linemen coach, Chris Thomsen," Mama recalled, "he told me that he likes my athleticism and how physical I am. Looking at the game film I know I would be comfortable in what the team is running. I like running the spread offense and coach said that I would be very explosive playing in that scheme. He told me that if I came in and did well right away that I had a chance to play early.

"Coach Graham said that he really would like to see me come to Arizona State and that he really likes my film and wants me to be a Sun Devil. He thinks I could really fit in the team."

While the lineman is appreciative of the feedback he is receiving from coaches all around the country, he is cognizant of the areas he needs to improve on.

"I play very physical and just like any offensive lineman I have a nasty streak," Mama described. "You have to be that way when you have defensive linemen going at you all the time. Understanding schemes and perfecting my craft are some things I want to work on."

Mama's high school teammate, and ASU pledge Jaleel Wadood, accompanied the lineman on the trip and needless to say the defensive back engaged in his own recruiting efforts to land his Braves' comrade.

"Yeah he was trying to get me to commit on my visit," Mama stated. "I could see myself playing with him because they (ASU) are right up there. We have that close bond because he plays running back and I protect him and open holes for him. So we talk about playing together and he obviously wants me to come and play with him at Arizona State. "

The lineman already attended Junior Day events at Washington, California and USC, and aside from holding offers from virtually the entire Pac-12, schools such as Alabama, Nebraska, BYU and Florida State are among the numerous suitors who have extended offers. Like many other highly coveted prospects Mama is exercising patience in regards to his decision.

"I'm going to take my time, consider every school out there and try to make the best decision for me," Mama explained. "I don't have a short list of schools. Education is probably the biggest thing I'm going to look out, see what I can do after football. I want to go to a good football program with a good football town and a place where I can play for a championship."


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