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Is RB Soso Jamabo back on the Texas radar?

Recent contact and a commitment from a friend may have the Longhorns back in the race for one of the nation's top running backs.

Soso Jamabo at The Opening
Soso Jamabo at The Opening
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Once upon a time, the Texas Longhorns were considered the leader for Plano West running back Soso Jamabo.

But when the new staff arrived last January, Jamabo seemingly fell off the radar as the Longhorns netted commitments from running backs Tristian Houston and Kirk Johnson, with Chris Warren seemingly the final target at the position.

Late in the process, that may be changing, as the highly productive 6'2, 215-pounder recently told Scout's Greg Powers that he wants to take a visit to Texas before he makes his decision. So it appears that the staff has been back in contact with Jamabo.

They may also be getting some help in climbing back into his recruitment from Irving Cistercian quarterback Matthew Merrick, the most recent pledge for the Longhorns -- Merrick sent out the following tweet about Jamabo after committing last week:

The two have a relationship from AAU basketball.

If the Longhorns are serious about getting Jamabo on campus, there's likely only one spot left for a running back in the class. Warren remains a priority as a big back and the staff has continued to pursue Louisiana prospects Derrius Guice and Nicholas Brossette, the latter of whom has said that he wants to take an official visit to Texas.

But does Texas even have a shot with the Plano West product who has rushed for more than 2,200 yards this season?

The good news is that Jamabo's recruitment is one of the biggest mysteries in Texas right now -- his Crystal Ball is currently split between four programs with 19% or more of his predictions, from Texas A&M at 26% to Oklahoma at 21% to Baylor and Notre Dame at 19% each.

He's taken official visits to Notre Dame and UCLA this fall, leaving him three official visits left.

And for the first time in months, it looks like the Longhorns might be in line to receive one.