'They definitely moved up'

Four-star running back Soso Jamabo of Plano (Texas) Plano West Senior was impressed by Notre Dame. He recaps his visit, including time spent with Irish wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. and athletic director Jack Swarbrick, and he explains where Notre Dame stands among the other schools in his recruitment.

Notre Dame received on Monday from Scout.com's No. 2 ranked running back in the 2015 class, Sotonye Jamabo.

"It was definitely cool," Jamabo said. "Just seeing all of the tradition they have was awesome, like the Golden Dome and Basilica. I also enjoyed getting to know the players and the coaches.

Jamabo arrived on campus on Monday around 2 p.m. with his older brother and two friends.

"When we got there, I talked to the staff for a while and took a big tour of campus, and I sat in on some meetings," Jamabo said. "I went out to dinner with a lot of the players and some coaches. I spent most of my time with Torii Hunter Jr. I knew of him before, but now that we spent time together, he's really cool and we got pretty cool with each other."

Hunter Jr. had some advice for the Plano (Texas) West Senior standout.

"He told me not to choose a school just for football," Jamabo said. "I definitely think that's good (advice) because even if you go to the NFL, as a running back, your career can be short. Education is key."

Jamabo also spent time with his two primary recruiters, Tony Alford and Kerry Cooks.

"They recruit me differently than most schools, which I like," Jamabo said. "They don't spend all of their time talking about how great their school is, but they talk about how good I am and how they can make me better. They also talked a lot about the networking aspects of Notre Dame."

Jamabo experienced a first on his visit to Notre Dame, talking to an athletic director.

"I've never talked to an athletic director before, so that was really cool," Jamabo said. "We went into his (Jack Swarbrick's) office with Coach (Brian) Kelly, and then they took me to the ice hockey arena, which was amazing. They talked about how Notre Dame helps its student-athletes and what they could do for me."

Jamabo (6'2.5", 205) is not set to name any favorites or leaders, but Notre Dame established itself as a legit contender after his visit.

"They definitely moved up," Jamabo said. "Like a year ago, I would say they were not relevant. I never thought I would visit Notre Dame. But, now I have a much better understanding for how they do things and where they come from."

Jamabo plans to take all of his official visits and not commit until after his senior season. He answered with the affirmative when asked if Notre Dame could potentially receive one.

"I'll plan out my official visits after the summer," Jamabo said.

His only other visit planned this summer is to UCLA on June 13.

Jamabo is a four-star running back and is ranked as the No. 2 running back in the class of 2015.

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