University of Alabama Athletics
Despite only being ranked as a four-star recruit, Jaheim Oatis was one of the nation’s most highly-coveted defensive line prospects in the Class of 2022. He is absolutely massive.
Born in Columbia, Mississippi, Oatis had scholarship offers from almost every school in the SEC but ended up committing to Alabama. Upon his arrival, he stood 6-foot-4, 416 pounds.
— Rivals (@Rivals) January 2, 2022
As could be expected of someone his stature, he has incredible lower body strength and has long arms that allow him to get space from the block. Oatis has excellent athletic ability for his size and flashes unexpected foot and body quickness.
Two years back, Oatis went viral for burying an unsuspecting kick returner six feet under the ground after getting up to warp speed and blowing his doors off. It really put his massive frame and athleticism in perspective.
Although his potential is limitless, he projects as an inside nose or a one technique in college, depending on the scheme. In the meantime, before he can consistently get in the game against SEC offensive lineman, he will have to make the transition to the next level and will likely redshirt this fall.
A large part of that adjustment is transforming his body and weight, something that Jaheim Oatis is already doing at Alabama.
Oatis committed to Alabama in December and enrolled early for the spring semester. It is clear that he has been listening to exactly what he has been told by the nutrition and strength staffs because he is completely unrecognizable.
Actually, that isn’t true at all, because he is still very easy to pick out of a crowd.
Jaheim Oatis is a large human being 👀 pic.twitter.com/XGAayZU3sS
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) April 16, 2022
His weight transformation is well under way and he’s absolutely crushing it. As of April 1st, he was down 46 pounds with only 21% body fat.
— Jaheim Oatis (@JaheimOatis) April 2, 2022
The weight loss payoff was extremely noticeable when Alabama took the field during the spring game.
Jaheim Oatis has been on campus for only 3 months. Before…after pic.twitter.com/hqnsrIF9vq
— Random Forest Gump (@MarkWood14) April 17, 2022
Seriously, can we talk about Jaheim Oatis? This guy looks fantastic.
Good for him. 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/msjVxaUfwx
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) April 5, 2022
And he is still as explosive as ever, if not even more so.
Just happened to be sitting right in front of you. Here’s another video for you. Keep it up big fella. RTR! pic.twitter.com/zLrwoHHZYG
— J.D. Emmons (@jdemmons10) April 17, 2022
Oatis was down even more weight by the time that June rolled around.
59lbs down 17 more lbs to go to reach my goal 💪🏿💪🏿🦾💪🏿 pic.twitter.com/FVyAwCr5kh
— Jaheim Oatis (@JaheimOatis) June 4, 2022
Oatis was not stopping there.
Jaheim Oatis shared that he was down to 342 pounds just a few weeks before Alabama’s fall camp.
That’s just two pounds short of his hard-number, 76-pound weight loss goal and he is absolutely thrilled. As he should be!
— Jaheim Oatis (@JaheimOatis) July 27, 2022
Oatis already looks leaner, lighter and faster. Video from Alabama’s fall camp shows Oatis getting on his horse and getting down field.
From this video released by Alabama you see freshman defensive lineman Jaheim Oatis. He recently tweeted his weight was down to 342 pounds after previously weighing in at 416 pounds. pic.twitter.com/qsYJa9Q0v5
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) August 5, 2022
If you are a ball-carrier who sees Oatis coming at you full speed, it is probably in your best interest to just go down. That’s a terrifying sight.
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