Editor's note: This is the final part in a week-long series of predictions for Texas A&M spring football practice, which begins on today.
At the time he committed, Ricky Seals-Jones was a watershed recruit for Texas A&M.
When the Sealy (Texas) High School product announced he was headed to Aggieland on Dec. 11, 2012, he was ranked No. 1 nationally at his position and was considered the top overall prospect in the state at that moment.
When he arrived in College Station, Texas, Seals-Jones naturally came with high expectations and early on it appeared he might deliver on them sooner rather than later. In his first collegiate game, he caught a 71-yard touchdown and finished with three receptions for 84 yards in a win over Rice.
The Aggies didn’t get a chance to see what the 6-foot-5, 240-pound receiver had in store next because of a knee injury suffered in that game. He missed the following game and played briefly against Alabama before opting for season-ending surgery on the knee.
But this spring and later this season, look for Seals-Jones to deliver the goods.
He has a solid combination of size and speed and he’ll likely be a matchup problem for opposing defenses. The Aggies worked him out mostly as an inside receiver during preseason training camp last August, but he also received work as an outside receiver and is versatile enough to play both positions if necessary.
Texas A&M receivers coach David Beaty is excited about what’s in store for Seals-Jones.
“Getting him back healthy is a blessing for us,” Beaty said. “The guy’s got unlimited potential. We really needed him back. I look for him to make huge waves for us.”
He has the kind of size that A&M’s best receiver last season -- Mike Evans -- has. If Seals-Jones can develop his skills as a receiver at a fast pace, he could be on track to be a real star. With three starting receivers from the 2013 team gone, there are catches and yards to be had.
If he has the kind of spring that Beaty is hoping for, look for Seals-Jones to claim a lot of them.