That is when uncle Mohamed Sanu made his verbal commitment to Rutgers, also out of Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick High School. Sanu went on to have three stellar seasons in scarlet before moving on to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jabbie followed his progress closely, and is set to follow in his footsteps.
“Ever since Mo committed, I knew this was the school I wanted to go to,” Jabbie said. “I’m happy what I did. The choice I made was a great choice. I love all of the staff and the 2015 commits. I’m cool with all of them. I love the coaching staff. I love the atmosphere.”
Jabbie, a 6-foot-1 receiver, made the decision Monday night. Raw with emotion after ending his recruitment, Jabbie said the decision was made long ago.
“I’ve been telling [Sanu] for the longest time since I was younger and he committed that I was going to be there,” Jabbie said. “I told him ‘just watch, just wait.’ When I got that offer, I knew where I was going. I loved it ever since I was a kid so I had to commit.”
Jabbie committed two days after the historic win over Michigan and 2016 commitment of linebacker Jonathan Pollock. He is the third commitment in the 2016 class alongside Pollock and offensive lineman Ted Field.
“I’m happy,” Jabbie said. “I have this off my chest and I’m proud to say that I’m going to be a future Rutgers Scarlet Knight. I’m thankful and blessed right now. I thank my parents. I thank everybody that helped me make this decision. I just want to appreciate every single moment from here.”
Jabbie decided the time was now after talking with Sanu and family earlier today.
“I called my parents because I was talking to Mo, and I was like ‘I’m ready,’” he said. “He loved it and this is what we want to do. I called my coach, coach [Joe] Goerge. He was happy for me and then I called coach Flood from there. I just told him I wanted to spend my four years of college football at Rutgers University. He was definitely happy that I made this choice.”
And for the rest of New Jersey 2016 recruits, Jabbie has a message.
“The future is good so you better join up because Rutgers is going to be a great team,” he said. “Just wait for it.”