Mar 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian at spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Soso Jamabo Gets USC Scholarship Offer

With Steve Sarkisian in the recruiting market for a running back in the 2015 class, the Trojans have extended a scholarship offer to four-star running back Sosa Jamabo, according to Lindsey Thiry of Scout.

Jamabo is a big, tall back at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, and hails from Plano, Tex., just north of Dallas. He’s currently weighing options from a wide range of national powers, including Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Upstart Baylor is currently the in-state school with the biggest lean for Jamabo, but as with any nationally rated recruit in the state of Texas, don’t count out the Longhorns.

As for where USC fits in? According to Chris Swanson of Rivals and, Jamabo is likely to visit USC this summer and the Trojans could wind up being a serious player for the highly touted Texas, assuming the visit goes well.

Surely, Sarkisian and his staff will play up potential early playing time and the thin roster.

After the transfer of Ty Issac to Michigan earlier this month, USC currently has just four running backs on scholarship. That includes D.J. Morgan, who has missed the bulk of the last two years due to injury.

Buck Allen and Tre Madden combined for 1,477 yards as redshirt sophomores last season and will be back in the fold this fall. Justin Davis also returns, after having an injury-shortened freshman season that saw him average 6.81 yards per carry and score six touchdowns.

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  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    This is the second article I’ve read today that talks about how a current fifth-year senior is somehow relevant to the recruitment of a 2015 player. Hank, other than a rare medical redshirt (like Bowman got) how could DJ affect Soso’s position on the team? This is USC, let’s try to keep higher standards before we become just another UC.

    The real angle for the recruitment of RB (and DLs) would be to talk about the extensive list of players we’ll have at RB (and on the DL) in 2016 — even UClowns can count that high (1 and 3 respectively – assuming Jacob Daniel and Noah Jefferson come.)

    • Hank Shaw

      That’s a very fair point. And I wasn’t meaning to mention it as a way of showing how much USC needs a RB like Jamabo (or two RBs, as Sark as said) in 2015, but more so how thin the roster stands now, which is only going to get worse going forward. Heck, Allen and Madden could jump to the pros after the season, and could leave SC with just Justin Davis. That would be a worse-case scenario going forward, even if it meant that 2014 was probably a very good year in terms of RB production.

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        Thanks for responding, Hank!

        Every recruit in 2015 needs to be ready to play immediately and possibly start in 2016. Look at how many 2014 starters and #2s are SRs and JRs. I don’t expect both Allen and Madden to jump after this season; I doubt they will both have 1000-yard seasons with Davis and Morgan also looking for – and deserving of — a decent amount of action. Having only 2 RBs in 2015 is really thin and only 1 in 2016 is absurd. I’m shocked that we have waited so long to offer Soso (I guess his parents didn’t expect much of him…) Moreover, as far as I know we haven’t offered Bradrick Shaw, Cameron Scarlett, Chris Warren, Malik Roberson, Tim Irvin or Jaason Lewis.

        If Sark wants to bring in 2 RBs in 2015, he needs to make offers to every decent back in this thin crop. Getting 2 RBs in 2015 is a must, 3 would be nice. I rate Malik Lovette as very likely to be a Trojan. Only Houston, Marshall and Bell are more likely in my estimation.

        I have equal concern with the DL in 2016, sporting only Bigelow, Daniels and Jefferson and a bunch of 1st-year guys will not be enough. McQuay will need some help at S as well.

        I’ll admit, I was adamantly against taking a RB in 2014, with greater needs (OL, S and TE) obvious. Davis and Isaac looked like a great tandem behind Allen and/or Madden in 2015. Without Isaac, Buck and Tre will get more carries and one will jump early.