- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
"Introducing the class" is a series in which GigEmNation conducts a Q&A session with each of the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class to give readers a closer look at each recruit individually. Today, we visit with Honolulu St. Louis School receiver Jeremy Tabuyo.
Tabuyo is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver who is ranked No. 203 nationally amongst receivers. The three-star prospect committed to Texas A&M on July 25, 2012 and as a senior at St. Louis School, caught 49 passes for 770 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He was just one season removed from knee surgery (a torn ACL cut his junior season short), but he finished the 2012 season with 1,031 all-purpose yards. Here's our Q&A with Tabuyo:
GigEmNation: What made you commit to Texas A&M?
Jeremy Tabuyo: "Just basically the coaching staff. I like the offense they run, the Air Raid offense, the numbers that the receivers put up at Houston, I thought that was the perfect fit for me."
GEN: What has life been like since your commitment?
JT: "I get Facebook messages and stuff like that from Aggies fans just telling me 'Welcome,' that they're excited to have me as a part of the family. I like it so far."
GEN: Describe your first meeting with Kevin Sumlin. What was your first impression?
JT: "He's a players coach. I felt like he was a coach that I could be around for four years. I just thought he was a real cool, laid back coach. I understand why all the fans like him so much."
GEN: Do you have a favorite memory of Texas A&M yet, either from your trip or from watching them this season?
JT: "Nothing can beat them beating Alabama. We were all watching it at home and once they got that interception, we just went crazy. That's one thing I will never forget."
GEN: What's your goal when you get to Texas A&M?
JT: "Hopefully to start my freshman year. I think I just have to work hard and listen to the coaches, because they know everything."
GEN: When did you first get into football and why?
JT: "I was about 12 years old when I first started playing. I always wanted to play before that, but my mom was so scared for me to play football because I was so small and skinny. She thought I would break a bone or something. I started playing soccer at first and she realized I didn't get hurt in soccer, so me and my uncle convinced her to let me play football and she did. My first year was really good, so she let me continue."
GEN: Biggest influence on your success?
JT: "Definitely my uncle Mike [Decrow]. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I am today. He always pushes me and tells me to work hard and stuff like that. He's like a father figure. My dad was never there for me, so he has been there since I was young. He took care of everything when it came to sports. He was there to sign me up for camps and stuff like that."
GEN: What's your favorite thing to do outside of football?
JT: "Just hanging out with my friends."
GEN: If you weren't a football player, what sport would you play?
JT: "Maybe track or soccer. My best events in track are the 100 and the 200."
GEN: Do you have any superstitions or routines that you have before games?
JT: "Before every game, I always grab the turf or the grass with my hand and I do the sign of the cross. I started doing it, I would say, my sophomore season."
GEN: What's on your pre-game music playlist?
JT: "Some Drake, Lil' Wayne and Kendrick Lamar."
GEN: How have your accomplishments changed your life?
JT: "They've changed my life a lot, because I've worked hard for everything I've accomplished. I've sacrificed a lot to be where I am."
GEN: Biggest highlight in your playing career?
JT: "The biggest highlight I would say would be playing Kamehameha. I tore my ACL against them [in 2011] and we lost that game. This year, when we played them the first time, I scored four touchdowns on them. I didn't let it get to my head. But I wanted to do really good against them because there were a lot of people doubting me from that team, saying that I would never be the same."
GEN: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JT: "Hopefully, if not playing in the NFL, trying to start my own company."
Major: "Somewhere in the business area."
Favorite food: "Hawaiian food. I like something we call Laulau. It's pretty much pork or fish wrapped in leaves. It's a Hawaiian dish."
Favorite car: Range Rover.
Favorite NFL player: "Desean Jackson."
Desired jersey number: 5.
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