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Alabama DL Jaheim Oatis continues impressive body transformation

Jaheim Oatis (#91) working the sled on the defensive line for Alabama in 2022 Spring Practice
Photo by Robert Sutton of Alabama Athletics

Alabama football has a freshman who is determined to play on its defensive line.

Jaheim Oatis was a massive specimen at Columbia (Miss.) High School, but he does not look like the same player since enrolling early for spring practice in the Crimson Tide’s 2022 signing class. He arrived as a four-star and continues to drop significant weight with Alabama’s training staff. Oatis is listed at 370 pounds (6’5″) on Alabama’s roster, but he looks leaner in the video he posted on Twitter. His arms and shoulders are ripped, and Oatis looks like he can do some damage against opposing offenses.

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According to Oatis, he’s dropped 59 pounds since starting his journey in January. He is 17 pounds from reaching his personal goal.

Coach Nick Saban told reporters in spring practice that Oatis is “hard to block” and has “flashed potential.” He was credited with a sack in the A-Day Game and maybe the future at nose tackle. Crimson Tide fans are looking forward to seeing Oatis in the fall.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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