UCLA landed one of the nation's most celebrated recruits on National Signing Day when Sotonye Jamabo, a 6-foot-2.5, 205-pound running back picked the Bruins over a plethora of other scholarship offers.
"My first school is the University of Los Angeles and my second school is the University of Los Angeles," Jamabo stated.
"My nickname has always been Hollywood, but I guess we are going to have to bring new meaning to that now."
UCLA fended off a late run by the Texas Longhorns, who brought Jamabo in for an official visit in late January and outlasted Notre Dame, who he visited during the season.
Jamabo ends the 2015 recruiting cycle as the No. 1 running back in the country, using a strong senior season to bypass Kentucky's Damien Harris, who inked with Alabama.
As a senior in 2014, Jamabo capped a stellar high school career with his best season, when he rushed for 2,279 yards and 44 touchdowns on 9.7 yards per carry. Jamabo also caught 16 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his high school career with 5,053 rushing yards and 78 touchdown runs.
The strong season brought him plenty of post-season accolades. He earned District 6-6A Offensive MVP, All-State. All-Midlands, Scout All-American and Under Armour All-American honors for his efforts.
Jamabo is rated as a Scout five-star prospect, the No. 1 running back in the Midlands, the No. 1 running back in the country and the No. 4 overall player in the Midlands.
Scout Eval: Has that special ability with the ball in his hands to be able to make the spectacular play, either by running around or through tackles and then showing the speed and open field vision to take it to the house. He is a big back, who will draw comparisons Eddie George, because of his near 6'3 size, but unlike some of these bigger backs from yesteryear Jamabo is an excellent receiver who can make plays in the vertical passing game. His running style is also nothing like that of a George as he is more of cat-quick like back, moving very nimbly in and out of traffic. It is almost uncanny to see a back with his measurables move the way that he moves.
"I'd like to say that I am a patient runner," Jamabo said of his skills. "I like to find my blocks and then when I find the seam I like to hit it with speed. I mean, I got a little bit of juice, so when I get in an open space I feel like nobody can mess with me."
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