Oregon Ducks: Ricky Seals-Jones

SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:

U.S. Army Bowl: Monday notebook 

December, 31, 2012
SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) isn’t big on speaking publicly. He’d rather let his game do the talking -- and it speaks volumes.

On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 222-pound linebacker officially confirmed that he will announce his college plans during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Oregon, Texas A&M and Ohio State are his three finalists.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 30

November, 30, 2012
Carl Lawson, Dee Liner, Reuben FosterESPN.comCarl Lawson, Dee Linerand Reuben Foster are still committed to Auburn, but the Tigers' coaching situation could change things for the three ESPN 150 recruits.

Auburn bid farewell to head coach Gene Chizik on Sunday. Could the Tigers also be saying goodbye to a trio of ESPN 150 recruits who could take their talents elsewhere?

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

November, 16, 2012
Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

Click through for our list to rank the top 10 recruiting battlesInsider.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 9

November, 9, 2012
Max Redfield, Leon McQuayTom Hauck for ESPN.comMax Redfield is out at USC -- is Leon McQuay in?
Think USC was left reeling after Max Redfield (left) decommitted this week? Not really. The Trojans appear to be zeroing in on Leon McQuay III (right). And then there's the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, who decommitted Thursday. It's an open market in this week’s #BlueChipBattles Insider.

You can also rank the battles this week in SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

November, 2, 2012
RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

#BlueChip Battles: Oct. 26

October, 26, 2012
Pitt doesn't want WR Robert Foster to leave the Keystone State and USC hopes to keep CB Max Redfield in Cali. The local programs' bid to keep those two stars in-state highlights this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider.

#BlueChipBattles is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to voice your opinion on our list or to view other fans' reactions as the commitments begin to roll in. Get recruiting updates on the players above as well as the nation's other top football prospects here: @RecruitingESPN.

#BlueChipBattles: Week 3

October, 19, 2012
David Dawson decommited from Michigan and Justin Manning delayed his decision date, and that had a big-time ripple effect in this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider, as more than half of the top 10 spots have new occupants.

Oregon in some #BlueChipBattles

October, 5, 2012
RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

The Ducks, of course, are in several battles to complete their class. Receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) is looking at Oregon, as are cornerback Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), receiver Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) and defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County). None of these recruits are in the Ducks' region, but Oregon can make some inroads.

Read more about the #BlueChipBattles Insider for the 2013 signing classes.

MRI negative for Ricky Seals-Jones 

September, 10, 2012
Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy), the nation’s top-rated receiver, received some good news on Monday regarding his injured knee.

Seals-Jones said an MRI revealed no major structural damage after he suffered a dislocated left kneecap in Thursday’s game against Houston St. Pius X. Seals-Jones, No. 10 on the ESPN 150 list, is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which could mean a return to the football field during the final weeks of Sealy’s district season.

A high four-star athlete, Seals-Jones first took to Twitter Friday morning to thank all who had shown their concern.

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Ricky Seals-Jones suffers knee injury

September, 8, 2012
UPDATE: Chester Jones, Seals-Jones' father, confirmed to ESPN RecruitingNation's Damon Sayles that the injury was a dislocated knee. Jones said doctors set the knee back in place late Thursday evening and would undergo an MRI on Friday to examine the extent of damage.

HOUSTON -- Sealy, Texas, receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, the nation's top-ranked receiver and the No. 10 player in the ESPN 150, left his team's nationally televised showdown with Houston St. Pius X with a left knee injury on Thursday.

Seals-Jones suffered the injury while making a tackle late in the third quarter. After making the tackle, he did not get up and lay in pain as trainers attended to him. He was taken off the field and on to the sideline was in visible pain while his knee was attended to.

His mother, Buffy Seals-Jones, said that the early indication is that Ricky has a "twisted kneecap." Seals-Jones was placed on a stretcher and his left leg was put in an air cast.

Before being wheeled off, Seals-Jones yelled "Let's go y'all!" to his Sealy teammates and got raucous applause from both crowds as he left the field.

Seals-Jones, who is one of the nation's most coveted recruits, lists Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Baylor, Oregon and TCU as his top suitors. He was taken to a local hospital for further examination.

"I haven't heard anything," Sealy coach Jimmie Mitchell said after the game. "I don't want to speculate on it. I saw it down there, and I'm sure everyone else did. It doesn't look real promising, but you know how those things are. I don't know if it's a kneecap or what it is."

Before the injury, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Jones had 213 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, mostly from the quarterback position. He spent time at quarterback, receiver, safety and punt returner for the Tigers in their 45-21 loss to St. Pius X at Parsley Field on ESPNU.

It was a night to showcase two stars, Seals-Jones of Sealy and St. Pius X quarterback Kohl Stewart, who is committed to Texas A&M. Stewart shined himself, going 16-of-35 passing for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He also excelled on his feet with 102 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Clarence McKinney were in attendance watching Seals-Jones and Stewart for the first half. Texas assistant Darrell Wyatt was also reportedly in attendance.

Stewart and Seals-Jones are friends who text regularly. Stewart said he hated to see the injury happen.

"That's awful," Stewart said. "Ricky's probably the best athlete in the country right now in high school. Just to see that happen to a kid like that... I know he'll bounce back from it but it'll probably be a while. I'm just going to say a few prayers for him and call him or text him after the game."

Mitchell said Seals-Jones injury had an effect on his team. The Tigers were trailing 35-21 when Seals-Jones left the game.

"I don't know how it couldn't [affect the team]," Mitchell said. "It affected me."

St. Pius coach Blake Ware came over to Seals-Jones as they placed him on the stretcher and said "We're praying for you. Everyone here is praying for you." Stewart tweeted after the game "Everyone PLEASE pray for @RickySealsJones he's and (sic) unbelievable talent and a heck of a friend. Stay strong man you played your butt off," from his Twitter account, @KohlStewart1.

"I went and grabbed his shoulder and I was crying," Ware said.

"It was just one of those deals where, his life and what he can be as a human being and as an athlete is so much bigger than this football game. While we want to win the game, you don't want to see a kid suffer an injury that could be a career-threatening injury, and I don't know that it is... It's just emotional. And he was yelling at his teammates 'Let's go,' yelling at them to keep fighting. What a kid."
Marquel CombsCourtesy Pierce CollegeThe Ducks have recently shifted their attention to Ole Miss defensive tackle commit Marquel Combs.
With a run of seven commitments in the span of six weeks ending July 2, Oregon was on a recruiting roll. Since that time the Ducks have been stagnant while USC and Washington have cleaned up.

Oregon has never been a fast starter in recruiting. Heading into the season with eight commitments is the norm for the Ducks. With many of their top prospects off the board, the Ducks have had to regroup and move some targets up their board.

Quarterback: The Ducks will likely stick with what they have and are in pursuit of quarterbacks for the class of 2014.

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Hoops now the focus for Seals-Jones 

July, 24, 2012

Two-sport star and ESPN 150 receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) has one more big basketball event to worry about before he puts himself into football mode once again.

Seals-Jones, the nation’s top-ranked receiver and the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2013 class, is playing AAU ball for the Rytes Warriors, a team that is scheduled to compete Thursday through Sunday in the Las Vegas Fab 48 in Las Vegas.

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Oregon commits, targets at The Opening 

July, 5, 2012
The premier high school football event of the the summer began Thursday at Nike world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

While schools such as Georgia and USC have even larger contingents on hand, three Oregon Ducks commits and several Ducks targets are a couple hours north of Eugene this week. Oregon's top three skill-position commits are on hand to compete among the nation's best.

RB Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), WR Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon Christian) and Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) are in Beaverton to represent the Ducks and help recruit some other Ducks targets.

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Coming off arguably the best back-to-back recruiting classes in program history, the Oregon Ducks are at it again. With a growing reputation as a recruiting heavyweight, Oregon has become more selective and patient with its scholarship offers.

Compared to other schools, the Ducks got off to a slow start in the 2013 recruiting cycle. The Ducks did manage to earn early commitments from the top two in-state players in offensive lineman Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) and running back Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha).

In the span of eight days, the Ducks' recruiting class went from three to seven after hosting their camp last week. Athlete Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon), kicker/punter Matt Wogan (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge), receiver Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif./Horizon Christian) and tight end John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic) all committed in recent days, following running back Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), who committed in late April.

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Pac-12 Teams Can Load Up At WR
Recruiting reporter Erik McKinney joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to break down the deep West Region wide receiver class in 2016.