- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
Last year, Honolulu Saint Louis receiver Jeremy Tabuyo had his season cut short by a torn ACL. Now back at full strength, the Texas A&M commitment has returned to his productive ways on the field, catching 31 passes for 444 yards and five touchdowns in his team's first five games. The Crusaders (2-3) are coming off a tough loss to rival and perennial power Honolulu Punahou and will need to finish strong to get to the postseason.
GigEmNation caught up with Tabuyo recently to see how things are going:
Sam Khan Jr.: So how have things gone for you this season?
Jeremy Tabuyo: Right now, we're coming off a huge loss. We have to win out the rest of the season and we play Punahou again in the last game of the season. If we win out and we beat Punahou, whoever wins that game, goes to the state playoffs.
SK: How's your season going individually and how has the road back from ACL surgery gone?
JT: Pretty good actually. I tore my ACL last year. In the games, it doesn't bother me. It doesn't hurt to the point where it bothers me or it affects my performance. Just after the game you have the usual soreness.
SK: How tough was the rehabilitation to get back to full strength?
JT: When I had the surgery, I was down. All I was thinking was 'I'm not going to get any scholarships,' and I was just down. But my coaches and my family kept me up and I went through rehab. All I thought about was playing the next season and being the best I could be and proving everyone wrong. There were people that said that I wouldn't be the same and that I'd lose speed, so it lit a fire under me.
SK: How has your speed been affected?
JT: I think I'm pretty much back at the same speed.
SK: What areas have you worked on improving the most this year?
JT: The coaches have really been stressing to me about my routes and how I can improve them and make them a lot better. So I think this year I've been working more on my routes and sitting down and coming back to the ball a lot more. I think I'm doing very good but there's still a lot of room for improvement. This year I don't have any drops so far. So that's a good thing.
SK: How closely have you been able to follow Texas A&M's season so far and what do you think?
JT: I've been following every game so far. I just love the offense that they run. I love how they pick up the tempo of the game, the fast pace. I think it works out for me because the way they move the ball around and the receivers and how they run and pass, I think it's an exciting offense to play for.
SK: How much have you kept in contact with the A&M coaches since your commitment?
JT: I keep in touch with (receivers) Coach (David) Beaty almost every day. The last time I talked to Coach (Kevin) Sumlin was before the (Punahou) game. I also keep in touch with coach Byron Thomas.
SK: I know you said you'd have to wait until after the season to take your official visit. Have you scheduled it yet?
JT: Yes. On Nov. 24 I'll be on my official visit. I'm very excited. I think I'm going to get to catch the game against Missouri. I'm excited. I've never been in an atmosphere like that before in my life. I think it'll be great.
SK: Any new offers since your commitment?
JT: No, I just get calls from coaches here and there. Kansas, they've been calling the most.
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