100 Pounds Lost Ranks SEC Football Player Among Elite

Alabama Crimson Tide nose tackle, Jaheim Oatis weighed about 400 pounds in high school. Fast forward a few years, and he has lost roughly 100 pounds and is a force to be wreckoned with on the interior of the Tide's defensive line. We dive into the shocking impact Oatis has made on the Tide in his first two seasons in Tuscaloosa.
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Jaheim Oatis was listed as the 11th best defensive line prospect in the country for the high school recruiting class in 2022 6 feet 5 inches tall. That was not the issue however. Despite his game-wrecking ability at the high school level, Oatis was listed at 390 pounds according to On3. Inevitably, Oatis had some work to do getting some weight off once he arrived in Tuscaloosa to play for the Nick Saban-led Crimson Tide.

How much weight did Jaheim Oatis Lose?

According to wvua23’s Jason Williams, within one year, Oatis had lost over 100 pound in just over one year. Williams stated, “The former four-star out of Columbia, Mississippi, enrolled at the University of Alabama weighing nearly 420 pounds. But over the course of one year, Oatis has gone through a massive transformation.” 420 pounds is even more impressive as that is 30 pounds more than On3 had Oatis listed at

Touchdown Alabama shared this picture back in 2022 of Oatis’ weight loss going into his freshman season for the Tide.

What is Jaheim Oatis’ Weight now?

Oatis is now entering his junior season for the Crimson Tide and is listed at 320 pounds according to www.rolltide.com. This is a far cry from the 400 range he entered at two years ago. Equally as impressive as losing it has been Oatis' apparent ability to keep it off.

What were Jaheim Oatis’ stats in 2022 and 2023?

In his first two seasons, Oatis has recorded 55 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Crimson Tide. This may not seem like much, but from the nose tackle position which Oatis played, this is quite impressive and was third amongst all defensive lineman in total tackles.

Does Jaheim Oatis start at Alabama?

Due in part to getting his weight down and in better shape, Oatis stunned everyone and started 10 of the 12 games he appeared in for the Crimson Tide in 2022, which was his true freshman season. In 2023, Oatis would start in three games but appear in 13.

What is Jaheim Oatis’ NFL Draft projection?

According to WalterFootball, Oatis ranks as the 11th best nose tackle prospect for the 2025 NFL Draft. However, Oatis has two years of eligibility remaining for the Crimson Tide, so he could return for 2026 to boost his stock even more. And to be fair to these rankings, there is also one full season of football to be played, which could see Oatis rise up the draft board depending on his production in 2024.

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