Soso Jamabo, a star athlete at Plano (Texas) West and a UCLA football recruit, was released on $7,500 bond Sunday afternoon following an overnight arrest for fleeing police in a vehicle, according to the Kaufman County sheriff’s office. If convicted, he could face up to six months to two years in jail.
Neither Jamabo nor his family has commented, although he could release a statement Monday. Police in Kemp also are expected to release the dashboard camera video of the incident.
Along with being a star football player at Plano West, Jamabo, 19, is a highly regarded basketball player and helped Plano West to the state title this season. He also plays AAU for the Texas Titans.
His AAU coach, Scott Pospichal told USA TODAY High School Sports’ Jim Halley on Monday that he had not talked to Jamabo, but did talk with his father, Jay.
“The bad news is Soso made a very poor decision,” Pospichal said. “There is no excuse. The good news is this could have ended so much worse. This is something he will learn from and other kids will learn from. This is what we call a teachable moment in life. I love Soso and his family. He is a great young man. This is a mistake he will be held accountable for but this will be a small spot in his life.”
A UCLA spokesman said Sunday that the school was still gathering information and would withhold comment.