LOS ANGELES, Calif. — If you've had a tough time getting a hold of Damien Mama lately, well, you're not alone.
Over the last two weeks the 2014 Bellflower (Calif.) Bosco offensive lineman has been raking in scholarship offers from across the country, creating a recruiting and media frenzy. "It's been pretty crazy," Mama said after the Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday. "I actually had to step away from my phone for a couple days… it was just blowing up."
Over the last week the four-star prospect added offers from both teams who played in this year's National Championship game, Alabama and Notre Dame. "It's just humbling to know they want me to play at that level and that I could potentially play at that level," Mama said.
The winner of the offensive lineman MVP at the NFTC, Mama is now up to 18 offers, though he is still looking for a couple locally. "I've been hearing a lot from USC and UCLA," he said, "those are two schools I'd like to get."
At 6-foot-5 and 350-pounds, Mama says he wants to get down to 320-pounds -- but doesn't want to lose one ounce of his tenacity. "The coaches all say I play nasty and I finish," he explained. "That's probably the biggest thing [about my game]."
Mama isn't naming any favorites now, but says what he wants most in a program is "genuine coaches" and a school that can provide opportunity for a career after football.