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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Rehab, then more success for Jamabo?

By Damon Sayles

FRISCO, Texas -- Soso Jamabo (Plano, Texas/Plano West) would have liked to be a part of this weekend’s Nike EYBL series playing with the Texas Titans. With a sling on his right shoulder, however, the 2015 two-sport star was reduced to watching the Titans on the bench, offering instruction to teammates and being the team’s biggest supporter.

For the rest of the spring and most of the summer, Jamabo’s focus will be on rehabbing after undergoing shoulder surgery on April 30. Jamabo broke some bones and damaged some ligaments in his shoulder during a Texas Class 5A Division-I state quarterfinal playoff. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete is expected to miss 6-10 weeks but is projected to return a couple of weeks before Plano West’s first scrimmage in August.

“It’s early in the process, but it’s going well,” Jamabo said of the rehab process. “I’m just trying to get the shoulder back to usual, if not better. Right now, I’m just doing basic stuff and keep everything as minimal as possible.”

Exactly what kind of football player will Plano West look to see back on the field? Jamabo’s first rush as a varsity player was against Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus on Aug. 31. It went for 12 yards. His second rush: A 75-yard touchdown run.

Since then, Soso has been ... well ... anything but.

Only the shoulder injury managed to slow the electrifying 2015 running back down. He rushed for a team-leading 1,697 yards and 24 touchdowns and also caught 20 passes for 453 yards -- an average of almost 23 yards per catch -- and four touchdowns. On the basketball court, Jamabo averaged 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 11 games.

Jamabo picked up football offers from Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Baylor, Texas and Nebraska prior to the injury. Oklahoma, Texas and Stanford are among the schools to show early interest in Jamabo playing college basketball.

“Texas made sure to make it clear I still have a [football] scholarship and that they would always want me no matter the injury,” Jamabo said. “Some of the other schools are fine with it, as well. They just want to keep in contact with me and asking me how I’m doing with my physical therapy.”

A healthy Jamabo equates to one of the state’s top running backs regardless of classification. He’s one who makes it his mission to make defenders miss in the open field. Jamabo said he looks to break for a touchdown with every rushing attempt.

Jamabo will have his choice of options for playing at the next level, but he said the winning school must challenge him academically as well as athletically. Jamabo has a 3.55 grade-point average, and he’s preparing to take a couple of AP courses next year.

“Football’s not always going to be around,” he said. “I want to go to a school that will have my future in store.”