The Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick receiver watched 10 players commit to the Scarlet Knights, including one of his best friends.
“I look on Twitter every day, and I see a new commitment,” Jabbie said. “I start laughing. Rutgers is doing a really good job now. The coaches are doing a great job. I’m blessed that I was a part of it early.”
The final June commitment came on the 26th with South Brunswick’s Phil Campbell joined the class. Campbell and Jabbie co-star as rising seniors for the Vikings, and have similar aspirations in the Big Ten.
“I’m really excited about it,” Jabbie said. “I’ve been playing football with Phil ever since I started playing football. This means an extra four years to play with him, and I’m blessed to be able to play with my old teammate like that.”
Campbell projects as a safety for the Scarlet Knights. In addition to safety for South Brunswick, Campbell replaces Dontae Strickland as the school’s feature back this fall.
“[He has] everything,” Jabbie said. “He has coverage. He comes down and hits people. That’s his specialty. That kid has no remorse. He has no fear. When he’s on the field, he’s a beast. Rutgers is lucky to have him, so I’m happy that he committed. They’re going to get a beast.”
Although not a June addition to Rutgers, Jabbie met his quarterback’s commitment with equal excitement.
“Anthony Russo is my boy,” Jabbie said. “He’s going to be my best friend. We talk every day. We FaceTime every other day. We’re close. I’m just waiting to make that bond stronger and stronger. It’s like we’ve been friends forever.”
Russo, from Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood emerged as one of the top performers in June’s Elite 11 Semifinals. He heads to the finals this week where he represents Rutgers and its class of 2016.
“I’m excited for him,” Jabbie said. “He’s underrated. He’s a really underrated kid and he went out and proved that he deserves more. When he got that invitation, all I said was ‘I told you so.’ He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. There’s no debate. People slept on him. Rutgers didn’t.”
Jabbie committed to Rutgers eight months ago. With the stress off in recruiting, Jabbie focused the offseason on personal improvement with sights set on a state championship.
“Honestly, I’ve worked on everything,” Jabbie said. “I’ve improved on everything. I got stronger, faster and my routes are better. My hands are better. I’ve just been working hard every day to be the best receiver I can be.”