Jamabo Runs for 484 Yards

SEP. 9 -- UCLA's big target, Texas running back Soso Jamabo, goes off for 484 yards...

Plano West 2015 four-star running back Sotonye Jamabo had fewer than 10 rushing yards when the first quarter ended in Friday night's game at fellow DFW Metroplex-area school Sachse. Little did Sachse know what Scout.com's No. 2 running back in the country had in store for them over the next three quarters.

Jamabo assembled a virtuosic performance, running 31 times for 484 yards and six touchdowns to fuel his team's 63-49 road win against a talented Sachse squad at Williams Stadium in Garland.

Once the game got to the second quarter, it was "Soso" time, as Jamabo is commonly known. A 92-yard touchdown run two minutes into the second period sparked a monster performance that included 327 yards and four touchdowns after halftime.

After the 14-point victory, Jamabo repeatedly credited his offensive line for helping him achieve the highlight-heavy performance.

"Just staying patient," Jamabo said of overcoming the slow first-quarter start. "My teammates kept preaching to me because I was a little frustrated, but I stayed patient, and it finally came to me. I got that 92-yard run, which got my confidence up, and after then it was just swagger for me. My O-line was opening up holes and I was just running through them.

"My teammates put me in the position to do great things, and that's all I can give it to."


Plano (Texas) West 2015 four-star running back Sotonye "Soso" Jamabo speaks with media members following his 484-yard, six-touchdown performance in Friday's 63-49 victory at Sachse in Garland, Texas.


Through two games this season, Jamabo has 610 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 13.4 yards per carry. He also has four catches for 81 yards and a score.

Jamabo's rushing touchdowns Friday covered 92, 3, 52, 56, 9, and 12 yards. His 484-yard effort helped Plano West finish with 730 total yards, 610 of which came on the ground. Sachse racked up 643 yards, 448 coming through the air.

Plano West (2-0) led 28-21 at halftime before Sachse (1-1) tied the game 35-35 in the third quarter, but Plano West strung together two late third-quarter stops and took advantage of Jamabo's 52- and 56-yard touchdown runs to take a 49-35 lead to the fourth. Sachse did not get closer than seven points the rest of the game.



JAMABO'S RECRUITING

Scout.com's No. 2 running back in the country's 2015 class had some notable news following his huge performance.

Sotonye Jamabo, who is the No. 42 overall prospect in the 2015 Scout 300, is headed north early Saturday morning for his first official visit.

"I'm going to Notre Dame at 4 a.m., so that's definitely one of the top schools on my list. Right now that's what I'm focused on," Jamabo said. "For 24 hours I wanna celebrate this win and go to South Bend and have a good time."

Jamabo -- pictured above speaking to media following Friday's game -- has his eyes on several other schools as well.

"Baylor. The only other official I have (so far) is UCLA on Oct. 11 when they play Oregon. I may take an official to Oregon, as well as I'm looking at Arizona State, Texas A&M, and Baylor."

Asked if Oklahoma is still in the hunt for Jamabo, the 6-foot-2 1/2, 203-pound running back said, "Not anymore."

So, if you do the math, you can see that Jamabo has two official visits set of a possible five with Notre Dame (Sept. 6) and UCLA (Oct. 11). He named four other schools he's interested in -- Baylor, Oregon, Arizona State, and Texas A&M -- so one of those will end up being the odd team out, if he keeps that group and takes all five official visits.


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