Damien Mama was pleasantly surprised by his first offer and the 2014 offensive lineman from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco hopes others come in the same way.
One day, a coach from Colorado stopped by his high school, he watched some highlight film and decided the Buffaloes would be the first to offer.
It came as a shock to Mama, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound prospect who's getting ready for his junior season but it's a Pac-12 offer and definitely something for him to consider moving forward in his recruitment.
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"It was actually a surprise," Mama said. "They came to visit one day, looked at some film and the coach said, 'We should offer that kid.' It was a big shock to me.
"Our relationship has been going well. I've been talking to them and they have this camp coming up so I'm interested. I have a lot of interest in any school that offers so we'll see about them."
Mama said he has mainly been hearing from Pac-12 schools so far in the recruiting process and he has also received some early attention from Oklahoma.
With one offer on the table and a big season coming up, Mama said he wants to keep all his options open and not rush a decision.
The St. John Bosco standout wants to see which other programs get involved and he realizes there is still a lot of time remaining in his recruitment.
"I'm keeping everything open," Mama said. "I'm not really focusing on one school right now."