Mama takes unofficial visit to BYU

Damien Mama, ranked the number-one offensive guard in nationally in his recruiting class, was in Provo this week for an unofficial visit to BYU. He met up with coaches and was shown BYU's football facilities. Mama left with a better understanding of what BYU has to offer.

It wasn't a long visit, but it was one that gave Damien Mama a better understanding of what there is in Provo, Utah as far as a football experience goes.

"Yeah, it was good man," Mama said. "They took me out on a tour of the school, and then I talked with some of the coaches. Coach Anae and Atuaia gave me the tour. We really didn't see the campus but just the athletic facilities and stuff."

The Cougar coaches took Mama around and showed him the Indoor Practice Facility and Student Athletic Building.

"The facilities are all nice and it's really big and stuff like that," he said. "It was really nice. I saw the weight room, the locker room, and it was nice. We didn't get to make it to the stadium. We just went to the indoor facilities and the weight room. It was all really nice."

After touring the facilities, Mama spent some more time with the coaching staff.

"I spoke to Coach Anae and Atuaia and Coach Mendenhall as well," Mama said. "That was pretty much it, because everyone was away for Pioneer Day or something like that. Everyone is still gone, like, for vacation. We talked about a lot of stuff when I was there. We talked about the school and what it has to offer. They talked to me about what I would get out of being there. We talked about a lot of different things. It was really good."

A member of the LDS faith, Mama learned more about how the Church and BYU operate together.

"[Mendenhall] was really talking to me about what the school has to offer and what I could get out of it," said Mama. "We were talking about the Church and how BYU is connected to the Church. He talked to me, like, about how the Apostles are the head of the board here at BYU and stuff like that. Yeah, it was pretty cool and I learned a lot. He mostly just talked about those kinds of things. It was cool."

The visit went very well and confirmed to Mama that his decision to include BYU among his top 13 schools was the right one.

"Yeah, it definitely did by going down there and seeing what it's like," Mama said. "It helped me because I've never seen it before. It was kind of a reassurance thing to me that I made the right choice in BYU making my top 13.

"It gave me a good understanding of things to better help me when I do make my final decision. It gave me one of those things where I could see if it was a school where I could see myself at. It gave me an understanding of what to expect the next four-to-five years and to see if it was a school that could help me out when I'm done with football."

The visit gave Mama a good understanding of what to expect should he decide to play for BYU.

"Yeah, it did definitely," he said. "It really helped me a lot."

Mama grew up a USC fan, but with his newfound understanding of what BYU has to offer, could he see himself fitting in at and playing for BYU?

"Yeah, definitely," Mama said. "It's a college owned by the Church and it's a great environment. I got to meet my professor and all kinds of good people. It's a good place to be and that's what I got from the trip."

After visiting with family Friday, Mama will be heading back home to California. He's getting ready for his senior season and will participate in the Army All-American bowl game, where he'll make his final decision known.

"We just finished up summer ball and have a week off, and so we're about ready to get ready for fall camp," said Mama. "I'm going to wait a bit and make my final decision of where I'm going to play at the Army All-American game."

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