Jamabo has Premier Options

Top class of 2015 running back SoSo Jamabo recently completed an impressive junior season and many of the nation's premier programs continue to be heavily involved in his recruitment.

The nation's No. 1 running back in the class of 2015 is Plano (Texas) West standout Sotonye Jamabo. After a strong junior year on the gridiron, Jamabo is now on the basketball court with one of the top teams in Texas, and college coaches are continuing to show him a lot of attention.

"It is pretty hard going from football shape to basketball shape," noted Jamabo about the start of his hoops season. "Just I am trying to get my jump shot right, my handle right, and everybody else has a whole year to get ready while I am in football mode until the season ends."

While he enjoys playing basketball, the 6-foot-2 Jamabo knows his future is on the gridiron, and he said he was happy with his junior season overall.

"A lot of people think I didn't do as good as last year, but I think if you compare the stats I improved," said Jamabo. "I think I had a better year, but I didn't play a few games. I think I could have impacted things a little bit more if I did play all the games, but this off season I am going to work hard and improve to get back on the field."

Recruiting wise Jamabo says some of the top schools in the country are making him a clear priority.

"Notre Dame, Baylor, Stanford, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas Tech have been the main schools calling me," said Jamabo.

Jamabo hasn't had a chance to visit Notre Dame yet, but the Irish have made an impression on him and he likes everything that they have to offer.

"They are arguably the most prestigious team in the country football wise," said Jamabo of the Fighting Irish. "That is pretty exciting to have them talking to me. I like them as a team, I like their jerseys, I like how they run their stuff. Also Everett Golson is really difficult to stop."

He continued about Notre Dame, "We talk a bit on twitter and text and stuff, but I probably won't be able to make a visit there until next year."

A school that has made its name recently with power running is Stanford. To go along with that style, the Cardinal also offer elite academics which appeals to Jamabo.

"It is pretty nice to get to go around and say you are talking to Stanford, people are taken back by that," said Jamabo. "It is a confidence boost to talk to Stanford. It is pretty exciting to hear from them, and obviously they are one of the top teams in the nation."

For now Jamabo says he is no rush to decide on a school, but he does have a good idea on what he is looking for in a program.

"One of my favorite things is the school atmosphere and the students section, and just seeing how that is," said Jamabo. "I want to see what the college life is like, and also I want to go to a school that is family oriented."

As a junior, Jamabo rushed for 1,077 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Averaged 8.89 yards per carry. He also had in 225 receiving yards.

Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers says, "He is a big back, who will draw comparisons to Eddie George."

"He has that special ability with the ball in his hands to be able to make the spectacular play, either by running around or through tackles."


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