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  08/12/22 - DT Jaheim OatisSo/2026, Alabama

  One of the largest recruits ever to be recruited by Nick Saban is still pretty large, but not quite as large as he was. Freshman defensive lineman Jaheim Oatis has lost 74 pounds in advance of his first season in Tuscaloosa, tweeting days before fall camp started that he weighed 342 pounds after previously tipping the scales at 416. The Columbia, Mississippi native had been listed at 370 pounds by Alabama, or 27 pounds heavier than the next-heaviest player in defensive lineman Tim Keenan at 343 pounds. And at 6-foot-5, Oatis is tied with a couple of others as the tallest among his position group.

"A lot of big guys, they would complain about being that big and having to lose that type of weight," outside linebacker Will Anderson said Monday. "But he came here, head down, worked hard, lost the weight." There might have been a time in the past when a defensive lineman weighing 370 pounds -- or even 400 -- had a place in college football as an immovable run-stuffer. But the proliferation of spread-passing attacks has shifted the role of defensive lineman from clogging the line of scrimmage to more often providing disruption to the pocket as pass rushers. And despite his still-impressive size, Oatis could provide some of that for Alabama. "Believe it or not, I think Jaheim has got a lot more wiggle than you guys think he's got," defensive coordinator Pete Golding said Sunday. "So he's a guy internally [on the offensive line] that if you leave one guy on him, good luck." - Birmingham News

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