Jamabo Thinking Visits

While most of his peers are participating in 7-on-7 showcases, four-star running back Sotonye Jamabo is playing basketball this spring. The Plano (Tex) West standout plays AAU basketball with the Texas Titans, but his football recruitment is very much at the forefront of his mind.

Memorial Day marked the end of the spring AAU basketball circuit, and for Sotonye Jamabo that means the beginning of football season.

"As soon as this weekend ends I will take a few days off and then start preparing for camps and things like that," noted Jamabo.

With an extensive offer lists that includes Oklahoma as well as in-state schools Baylor, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M, Jamabo is now focusing on taking some visits to out of region schools which are after him.

"I want to get some of these out of state visits taken care of, and then after that I should be close to committing," said Jamabo.

He continued, "Right now I have an unofficial set to Notre Dame in June. Also I am hoping to get out to UCLA, California, USC, Stanford, and hopefully Ohio State as well."

Notre Dame has been after Jamabo for a while, and he is looking forward to getting out to South Bend and seeing what the school has to offer.

"From an academic standpoint they are as good as you can get, and then they also have one of the best football programs in the country," said Jamabo of the Irish.

He continued, "When I get out there I want to meet the coaches and get to know them and just get a feel for the environment of the school."

The UCLA Bruins have also made an impression on Jamabo, and he likes what they are talking about.

"It is Hollywood so that is cool," said Jamabo of the Bruins. "Just to live out there would be fun, and also I think I could get out there and play early. Also it is a pro system that I think will help me potentially for the next level."

When he gets out and sees UCLA, it is logical to expect he will also make the short trip to USC, and the Trojans have a style and tradition that appeal to Jamabo.

"USC is real nice," said Jamabo. "They have a great tradition of running backs, and I like their coaches and want to see what the campus is like."

Ohio State actually has a commitment of his AAU basketball teammate Mickey Mitchell, and Jamabo is again talking to the Buckeyes after contact had been limited during the winter.

"I haven't talked as much with them, but they recently came down to my school and I have been talking to them more than I was in the past," said Jamabo of Ohio State. "I am hoping to see that campus as well."

Early playing time is going to be very important for Jamabo and the school he picks, but also he is taking a close look at what offense he will be stepping into.

"I am probably at my best playing in a spread system, but I want a school that will do both a spread and pro style offense," said Jamabo. "You need to play in a pro style to hopefully get ready for the NFL, so I am looking for a school that would use both."

Scout National Football Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers added, "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 and then showing the speed and open field vision to take it to the house. He is a big back, who will draw comparisons Eddie George, because of his 6'3 size and his style of play."

Currently Jamabo is seen as the No. 2 running back and the No. 43 player overall in the class of 2015.

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