Jamabo open to fit

Plano (Texas) West running back Soso Jamabo is getting open at NIKE World Headquarters, while contemplating how open his recruitment remains as his senior season approaches.

BEAVERTON, Ore — Sotonye Jamabo has yet to visit USC, but a trip to Los Angeles and UCLA last month opened up the door for the Trojans to possibly host him on an official visit this fall.

USC, relative to his other scholarship offers, entered the chase for Jamabo’s commitment late in this game. It wasn’t until the May evaluation period that USC came calling.

“I didn’t know for a while that I had an offer, but they were recruiting me so when they finally came to my school, I think it was a month before school ended, they made sure to tell me I had an offer,” said Jamabo. “I was pretty excited about that.

“Not many people knew. I’d like to get out there (for a visit). I went on a UCLA visit, but when I probably go back out to California, I’ll probably do a visit to USC then.”

That implies USC may get an official visit from Jamabo, but he isn’t willing to pencil in the Trojans for a date just yet.

“Not quite,” he said.  “But it could potentially happen. I don’t have any officials locked in yet.”

Unofficially, Jamabo has been all over the country. The travel has opened his eyes to the potential of leaving Plano (Texas) for college.

 “I’ve been traveling for a long time,” said Jamabo. “It’s not that serious to me. Proximity to home is not at all a big deal, I just want to go somewhere I fit the best.

“I went to B2G and now I’m here, so getting to see a lot of the country. It’s nice. I’ve been to the Midwest, South, West Coast and now I’m here so it’s a good experience getting to compete against the best and trying to show I am the best running back in the country.”

USC’s tradition of Tailback U resonates with Jamabo as he himself attempts to reach the level obtained by former Trojans running backs.

“USC is known for being a powerhouse program,” said Jamabo. “Putting out running backs like Reggie Bush, Lendale White, etc... Joe McKnight. It’d be nice to be a part of that.”

Of course, at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, Jamabo isn’t your typical tailback. His height screams pro-style running back, but Jamabo doesn’t want go pigeonhole himself into any one scheme.

In fact, Jamabo isn’t necessarily limiting himself to only playing running back in college either.

“I try not to be one of those type of players who fits into one certain offense. I want to be able to take my game and put it into any offense and be the best I can, so not a specific offense.

“If coach needs to put me in one place or another, that would be cool with me too. Hopefully I stay at running back, but any place I can fit, I’ll make the plays.”

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