Thursday, December 20, 2012
Jeremy Tabuyo 'committed 100 percent'
By Sam Khan Jr.
Sometimes it all feels like a dream for Honolulu Saint Louis School receiver Jeremy Tabuyo.
The visits to the campus of a major college football program. The visits from that program's coaches. The chance to play for a team that has a high-powered offense and was often the talk of the nation in 2012.
"I remember when I was young, me and my uncle and my mom would be like, 'Oh, maybe one day a college coach will come and talk to you if you ever become great,' " said Tabuyo, a Texas A&M commitment. "It's kind of a dream come true."
In July, the 5-foot-11, 184-pound three-star receiver gave his pledge to the Aggies without having visited the campus. When he finally had the chance to take his official visit for the regular-season finale against Missouri, he was blown away.
"It was amazing for me," Tabuyo said. "I've never been to a stadium that was full of fans and had such a great atmosphere. I could tell that Texas was the place for me and that Texas A&M was the perfect school for me. I was just amazed at how close the fans were to the players. They're standing up the whole game and it was so unreal.
"I expected Texas A&M to be a really crazy place, but I didn't expect them to stand up the whole game. That's what caught me off guard. I couldn't sit down in my seat, otherwise, I would have missed the game."
Since his official visit, he has received an in-home visit from receivers coach David Beaty, while special teams coordinator Brian Polian and linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt have stopped by his school. Those visits have been good ones, Tabuyo said.
The departure of offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, who accepted the top job at Texas Tech last week, doesn't bother Tabuyo or affect his commitment.
"I met him and stuff and he's a great guy and I'm happy for him that he landed a head coaching job at his alma mater," Tabuyo said. "But it's still Coach [Kevin] Sumlin's offense and team so I'm still committed 100 percent. It hasn't fazed me that Coach Kingsbury left. I trust Coach Sumlin and the rest of the staff."
Tabuyo, who will be participating in the Semper Fidelis All-American game Jan. 4 and the 2013 Polynesian All-American Bowl on Jan. 19, isn't the only one Beaty, Polian and Wallerstedt have visited in Honolulu. Tabuyo said they've also been paying visits to ESPN 150 linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea (Honolulu/Punahou). Savaiinaea has a final two of Texas A&M and UCLA.
"They came to see me first in the morning and go see him after," Tabuyo said. "[Isaac and I] talk here and there about his recruiting and so on. He's going to take things slow and it's his decision. I'll be happy for him with whatever decision he makes."
Seeing what the Aggies have accomplished this season, going 10-2 in their first SEC season, has only reinforced Tabuyo's original decision.
"It makes me a lot more confident," Tabuyo said. "Johnny Manziel, the things he's doing and Coach Sumlin, where he's taking the football program, I really like it a lot. The offense, I think it's just perfect for a wide receiver to be in. I'm just so happy to be a part of the family."