You couldn’t have blamed RJ Orebo for believing he was the main character in a storybook Wednesday morning.
Orebo, who dreamed of playing for the Dayton varsity as a kid, fulfilled his other dream of becoming a Texas A&M Aggie. The linebacker signed his letter of intent in front of family and friends at Dayton High School. Orebo had originally committed to play basketball at Sam Houston State. But the Aggies came calling and that was ballgame.
“They didn’t believe I was 6’7 outside linebacker,” Orebo recalled at the beginning of the recruitment. “That was everyone’s reaction. I was invited to their Super Bowl party and they offered in March.”
Orebo said he shut down his recruitment after receiving the offer. He had visited the campus when he was 12 and remembered the feeling of being on campus.
“I thought this is where I want to be,” he said. “It has a hometown feel. I loved the culture and tradition.”
Orebo said he will graduate early and begin classes at Texas A&M on Jan. 5. He said his focus is gaining weight on his 235 pound frame and becoming the player A&M wants him to be as a hybrid linebacker and defensive end.
“I grew up here and I have a connection,” Orebo said. “Ever since I was little I wanted to play for Dayton and go to A&M.”
Dayton head coach Jeff Nations said there are three things that stick out about Orebo.
“He has character, he is a good person,” Nations said. “He has athletic ability. God blessed him with the ability to play football. He also has an unbelievable mind.”
Nations said Orebo is expected to make some immediate physical gains and be up to 270 by the fall.
“They will look at him at a couple of spots but he is up to the challenge,” Nations said.