Texas A&M added a surprise commitment over the weekend from outside linebacker R.J. Orebo. It was a surprise because Orebo isn’t considered an elite prospect – and because some thought he’d be playing another sport in college.
Orebo (6 feet 6, 215 pounds) is from Dayton (Texas) High, which is about 40 miles northeast of Houston. He picked up the offer from Texas A&M on March 2 and committed to the Aggies on March 4. His other offers to date are from Texas State and FCS member Illinois State.
Actually, that should say his “other football offers,” as Orebo had committed to Sam Houston State to play basketball in November.
His frame easily can hold another 40 pounds, so it wouldn’t necessarily be a surprise to see Orebo become a defensive end at the next level. Regardless, his athleticism and upside make him an intriguing football prospect.
So, why did Orebo commit to the Aggies?
“The academics and the long-time tradition of A&M and how close-knit the alumni are,” Orebo told GN. “So, if I don’t make it past college (in football), I’ll still have a job to fall back on.”
Orebo said his relationship with A&M’s coaching staff also played a factor.
“I have a great relationship with all the coaches. … They are fun to be around and they are extremely intelligent,” he said.
Orebo is the cousin of former Aggies running back Jorvoskie Lane (2005-08), who still holds the school’s career rushing touchdown mark with 49. Was his family history with A&M a factor?
“It played no factor at all,” Orebo said.
What type of player are the Aggies getting with Orebo?
“I’m an aggressive outside linebacker,” he said. “I’m sideline-to-sideline and I’m hard-hitting. I’m a football player. Pass or run, it doesn’t matter – I just love to play defense.”
Orebo said he is done with recruiting.
“I’m shutting down my recruitment and am 100 percent committed to A&M,” he said. “I promise to not let Aggieland down and will stay 100 percent focused.”
Texas A&M now has eight commitments for its 2019 class and all eight are from Texas.
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