Coach's Take: Soso Jamabo

Jan. 6 -- Plano (Tex.) West head coach Mike Hughes talks about the 5-star running back and new UCLA signee...

Plano (Texas) West 2015 five-star running back Sotonye Jamabo capped a stellar high school career by singing Wednesday with UCLA, picking the Bruins over Texas in a nationally-televised ceremony at Plano West Senior High School.

Jamabo, who ran for 2,279 yards and a staggering 44 touchdowns in 2014, is Scout's No. 1-ranked running back in the country and the No. 18 overall prospect in the 2015 class. Scout caught up Wednesday morning with Plano West head coach Mike Hughes to learn more about the 6-foot-2 1/2, 203-pound Jamabo.

  • SCOUT: Who is UCLA getting as a football player in Soso Jamabo?
    MIKE HUGHES: "He's what I call a difference-maker. We were 9-3 this year and he was our leader on the team and took that role this year and matured as a player. He makes everybody else around him a much better football player. I think he's the best running back in the country and I've said that since Day 1. I'm gonna be sad to see him go.


  • SCOUT: There's been some speculation that some schools may have wanted Soso as a gadget/athlete-type player, but UCLA likes him as a feature back. What do you think as far as how he translates to the P5 level?
    HUGHES: "You gotta remember when he gets to college and gets in that weight room, he's gonna be 220 or 225 at 6-3. I'm not a college football coach, so what do I know, but if I was coaching I would give him the ball 25 or 30 times, like we did this year. Lot of games, we took him out at the beginning of the third quarter because we were up so much. But the plan going into the year, and I told him this, was to give him the ball 30 times a game, and that's what we did. If I was a college coach I'd do the same thing."


  • SCOUT: What type of personality and what type of teammate is UCLA getting in Soso?
    HUGHES: "He's very smart, No. 1. To me, the bigger the game, the bigger the show, the better he plays. I think he'll be a great player and a great leader in college. He's gonna have to grow into that because he's still maturing and growing.




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