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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Ohio State offers Jamabo in two sports

By Brad Bournival

Thad Matta and Urban Meyer think alike. Now, the two Ohio State coaches are both going after one of the premier sophomores in the nation.

The proof comes in the form of 2015 shooting guard/running back Soso Jamabo (Plano, Texas/Plano West), who is anything but so-so on both the basketball court and football field.

Jamabo has offers in both sports from Ohio State and Oklahoma after successful sophomore seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Jamabo rushed for 1,688 yards and 24 touchdowns while adding 462 yards and four more scores receiving in the fall. In basketball, he’s averaging 14.7 points per game and 2.6 assists for the Wolves.

The offer from Meyer has gone a long way for Jamabo, who also has interest from Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M on the gridiron.

“It means a lot,” he said. “It shows me where I am skill-wise. It shows I can play with anyone in the state. Basically, it’s a reward for all the hard work I’ve put in. Coming from Ohio State, it feels really good to have that offer.”

As for which sport will become his priority in a few years, that option is wide open. Jamabo said he has the opportunity to play both with the Buckeyes.

His favorite sport changes by the season.

“I guess it matters what time of year it is,” Jamabo said. “If it’s basketball season, I’m into basketball. But when it’s football season, I’m into football.”

One thing is for sure, whichever sport Jamabo chooses -- or if he chooses both -- work ethic shouldn’t be an issue.

“I bring speed, skill, size, strength and the will to win,” he said. “I don’t like losing. I’ll do whatever it takes to win. I could play both if I wanted to, but I’ll make that decision later on.”