Listed at t 6'6, 348 pounds by Rivals, Columbia (MS) defensive tackle Jaheim Oatis just might be the biggest kicker in kicking history. That means kick returners who get in his way will have to use their speed to elude the mountain standing between them and the endzone.
This past Friday night, a returner from Hazlehurst decided to see what happens when you challenge the high school junior they call the "Beast" in the Mississippi state playoffs.
As you'd expect, SEC schools are already lined up with a scholarship for Oatis. Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee have all made offers to the big boy. There have been campus visits, the obligatory photos while wearing a Vols uniform and even a one-on-one stroll with Ed O on the Death Valley turf during LSU's national championship season. Even Indiana offered this kid way back in December 2019.
Sure, these teams want to solidify their defensive lines until Oatis declares for the NFL draft, but think about what this kid can offer to the kicking game. Let's say your kicker goes down with a hammy injury. Oatis has you covered. He can bash the ball down to the 10 and then light up the returner. This kid is pretty much a 9-tool player. That should tell you why he's one of the hottest prospects in the 2022 class.
Columbia and Jaheim continue their march through the Mississippi high school playoffs Friday with a game against West Marion.