A torn ACL - like the one Tabuyo suffered near the end of his junior football season - used to signal the end of things like dynamic athleticism and speed. Fortunately, that's no longer the case, and the 5-foot-11, 180-pound wideout took to his rehab with a fury and has come out on the other side stronger than before.
His trainers told him he entered rehab with a strong mind, and the results showed in the speed with which he recovered.
"I started running four months after surgery," Tabuyo said. "I ran the whole track season. I came in second in the state in the 100 meters."
In addition to running a 10.84-second 100-meter dash, he also recently clocked an electronic 4.43-second 40-yard dash during a combine – all post-surgery.
So it's safe to say Tabuyo is back. And with his ability, it's no surprise he already holds a handful of offers. Hawaii, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming have all laid scholarships down on the table, so to speak, and other schools are hovering, just waiting for some senior tape to confirm his return to full health.
The Jayhawks were one of the first programs to get involved, doing so in the spring, and Tabuyo has developed an excellent relationship with lead recruiter Jeff Blasko.
"He's a real good guy," Tabuyo said, of the first-year Kansas tight ends coach. "The chemistry that we have, we get along well and we talk to each other. I can tell him everything. He seems like a coach that's always there for me and I can always talk to."
Making a visit to the Heartland all the way from Hawaii is no simple undertaking, thanks to the distance involved. In fact, when Tabuyo began the recruiting process he wasn't sure how far from home he'd be willing to travel.
However, his stance has since changed.
"At first I thought about it and I was kind of nervous about going too far away from my family and being so far away from home," Tabuyo said. "After a while I got over it and the truth is I have to travel no matter what. Distance won't play a role in what college I go to."
So it is with no reservations that he has decided to take an official visit to Kansas, likely sometime in August.
"I've been reading about the school and searching it up," Tabuyo said. "I think that the campus is real nice and it's a great environment for me."
Tabuyo is currently rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.