Aggies Land Hawaiian Punch

Social media has changed many aspects of daily life. It has also changed the landscape of recruiting. Just ask St. Louis High School (Honolulu) wide receiver Jeremy Tabuyo who received a message from a Texas A&M graduate assistant after watching his highlight tape on YouTube. Ten days later he verbally accepted a scholarship offer from the Aggies.

Social media has changed many aspects of daily life. It has also changed the landscape of recruiting. Just ask St. Louis High School (Honolulu) wide receiver Jeremy Tabuyo who out of the blue received a message from a Texas A&M graduate assistant after watching his highlight tape on YouTube. Ten days later he verbally accepted a scholarship offer from Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin.

"Yes sir, I verbally committed to Texas A&M today," said Tabuyo. "Apparently, a GA saw my highlight tape on YouTube and passed it on to the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. They liked what they saw and recommended to the head coach that he offer me. I called back today and they offered. I talked it over with my family and I called back and committed."

So what was it on that highlight tape that had the Texas A&M coaching staff scrambling to offer a three-star prospect with modest offers from Hawaii, Utah, Kansas, and Wyoming with serious interest from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Colorado?

"I've got good speed. I've run a 4.43 forty electronic timed," Tabuyo said. "The A&M coaches also liked my ability to gain yards after the catch and my route running. They thought I perfectly fit what they do on offense and I agree. It's a perfect fit."

Before injuring his knee in week nine, he had 30 receptions for 562 yards and six touchdowns. He generated over 900 all-purpose yards in a shortened junior season. If there are any concerns about his repaired ACL, look no further than the Hawaii state track meet less than six months after his surgery. He placed second in the 100 meters. Now he's ready for his senior season at 100%.

"I was ahead of schedule in my rehab and I came back in time to run track in the spring," Tabuyo said. "The knee feels great. I'm 100% healthy. It's not even an issue. In fact, my knee feels stronger now than before the surgery."

Tabuyo committed without seeing the Texas A&M campus. In fact, he's never been to the state of Texas. However, he's comfortable with his decision because of the high octane offense that Coach Sumlin showcased at the University of Houston.

"I saw what the staff did at the University of Houston and I did a lot of research on the offense. It is exactly where I belong," Tabuyo said. "I don't know much about Texas A&M but I'm excited to experience new things and meeting new people. I'm completely comfortable with my decision."

Despite the quick commitment and not having been to the Texas A&M campus, the 5-foot-11, 182-pound receiver said that his verbal pledge is solid and he does not plan to continue the recruiting process.

"This ends it for me. I don't plan to take any other visits or continue recruiting," tabuyo said. I'm happy with my choice and I want to focus on my senior year."

Tabuyo has worked hard during his rehab, and that includes adding bulk to his frame. He's already added seven pounds of mass to his frame and he hopes to play in the fall at 185 lbs. after playing last season at 175 lbs.

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