Ole Miss Rebels Working on Package Deal with Damien Mama, Viane Talamaivao?

By Patrick Schmidt
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss may have an inside track at luring Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif. St. John Bosco) away from the west coast where it is believed that USC is the current favorite to land the 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive guard. The Rebels’ pitch to Mama involves bringing in his close friend and fellow four-star guard Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif. Centennial) who could visit Oxford, Miss together this summer.

USC has not yet offered the 6-foot-3, 310-pound Talamaivao, who is ranked as the No. 8 guard in 247Sports composite rankings, but Ole Miss is working on a package deal to bring the two massive California linemen to the south and into SEC country.

The Rebels are a bit of an underdog for the two, but the lure of playing together at the next level could be the x-factor that Ole Miss needs to climb toward the top of each player’s list of schools. Their time together in Oxford will be vital for Hugh Freeze and his staff to make their best pitch because it may be difficult for them to come from California during their high school seasons.

Last year, Ole Miss solidified the tackle position with Laremy Tunsil and Austin Golson who should be stout bookends for the Rebels and have a commitment from one of the top guards in the nation this year in Andy Bauer (St. Louis, Mo. DeSmet). But the addition of these two massive road-graders would go a long way toward building a dominating line for the Rebels.

Furthermore, developing a pipeline from California to Oxford with one or both of these guards would be a tremendous boost for the type of national recruiting net that Freeze is casting. If you thought he was a great recruiter before, then just wait until he starts poaching the top talent in the Golden State.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.


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