Jaheim Oatis Reaches Personal Milestone
Jaheim Oatis arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2022, weighing north of 400 pounds before his freshman season started.
The rising sophomore announced on Saturday night that he has lost 100 pounds since enrolling at the University of Alabama.
Oatis' weight was a major concern prior to his arrival in Tuscaloosa, with questions being asked if he was capable of playing against SEC competition.
Any doubts of Oatis' ability to play at the collegiate level were put to rest before he ever saw the field. Prior to Alabama's home opener against Utah State last year, Oatis was listed as a co-starter alongside senior DJ Dale, a three-year starter at Alabama.
There have been consistent signs of progress for Oatis regarding his weight, as he was listed at 6-foot-5 and 348 pounds for the 2022 season.
Alabama's strength and conditioning staff alongside the nutrition department played a significant role in Oatis' weight loss. When Scott Cochran left Alabama, Nick Saban decided to change the emphasis of the strength and conditioning program from heaving weightlifting to a scientific approach.
David Ballou and the rest of the strength and conditioning staff focus on the explosiveness of players in their workouts, using technology to track each player's progress throughout the year.
Amy Bragg, the Director of Performance Nutrition, deserves as much credit for Oatis' body transformation over the past year. She prepared a diet for Oatis that certainly paid its dividends.
Oatis recorded 29 tackles and one sack in his freshman season and was elected to the Freshman All-SEC team. He headlines an experienced defensive line room, alongside Justin Eboigbe and Tim Smith.