Damien Mama to USC: Trojans Land 4-Star OG Prospect

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

Mama mia.

That's probably what plenty of defensive linemen have found themselves saying during Damien Mama's high school career at St. John Bosco High in California after the mauling offensive guard put them on their butts with one of his vicious blocks.

And it's what plenty of college defensive linemen will be saying soon enough as well, as the talented interior lineman will be attending USC according to Lindsay Thiry of Fox Sports:

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Mama is the No. 38-ranked prospect in the country, the top guard (though he played tackle in high school; more on that to follow) and the No. 5 recruit in the state of California. He was named second-team All-American by 247Sports and was also selected for the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.


Mama is a very big, very strong young man, standing 6'4" and weighing 370 pounds. As if that wasn't intimidating enough, he also has a reputation as an aggressive blocker who revels in pancaking opposing players. 

Here is a brief scouting report on Mama from his high school coach, Jason Negro, via Robert Morales of the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

He mauls people, and he is a tremendous finisher. I mean, those are the two adjectives I would use in describing Damien. Everybody kind of wants to compare him to (former Brave) Nico Falah, who was a national recruit and went to USC last year.

Damien and Nico are totally different players. They’re both left tackles, but Nico was more of a finesse guy. Damien is just so physical. He mauls people.

And via that same report, Mama echoed his coach's sentiments when evaluating himself (in a slightly NSFW manner):

I like to play nasty, and just finish. That’s why I think some programs didn’t offer me because I’m not a get-in-the-way guy, I’m a put-him-on-his-ass guy. A finisher. That’s how I like to play. With tenacity. Just play nasty.

ESPN largely was on the same page in its scouting report (subscription required), with one caveat—Mama will likely be best suited as a guard in college:

A mountain of a prospect in a helmet and shoulder pads. This is one big boy who can push people around in the trenches. Can be a nasty finisher.

Plays tackle, but a move inside to guard is likely at the next level and can better maximize his strengths as a player. Mama is big and strong and the big fella can be quite active and productive. He could potentially be an earlier contributor if needed.

Mama will probably have to slim down a bit, though for a man his size, he has very good footwork. Still, if he does move permanently to guard, he'll need to have the ability to move laterally on plays he's asked to pull, so a somewhat more svelte frame would help in that regard.

One thing is for certain, however—his tenacity and aggressiveness are just right. 247Sports grades him highly as a run-blocker, noting his punch and strength as two of his biggest positives.

Of course, any defensive lineman he's faced in high school could tell you that.


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