Thursday, September 6, 2012
Notes: QB pitching Seals-Jones on Aggies
By Sam Khan Jr.
Like many elite players, there's a mutual respect that exists between Sealy (Texas) receiver Ricky Seals-Jones and Houston St. Pius X quarterback Kohl Stewart.
They've played each other before, both are highly-ranked recruits and they're each among the best at their respective positions nationally. While there is a healthy respect, there's also a bit of a friendship between the pair: they text each other on a regular basis and have since they first met last year.
Top-ranked wideout Ricky Seals-Jones will be one of several prospects in College Station this weekend.
So you can bet that Stewart, who is committed to Texas A&M, has been in the ear of Seals-Jones, the No. 10 player in the ESPN 150 and the nation's No. 1-ranked receiver, about the Aggies.
"He knows I'm trying to get his butt over at A&M," Stewart said. "I'm trying not to be to harsh on him and let him make his own decision. He's a special player and he has a lot of ability."
The pair also play each other tonight at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ESPNU as Sealy travels to St. Pius X. They met last season, a 33-25 Sealy win in which Seals-Jones ran for 143 yards and a touchdown.
"Me and Kohl text a lot," Seals-Jones said. "We text on a daily basis. Me and him are cool guys. I met him last year at St. Pius and he hit me up on Facebook and ever since then, we've just been keeping in touch with each other."
As for the weekend, Seals-Jones said he's looking forward to taking in the game in College Station, Texas.
"I'm excited," Seals-Jones said. "First I have to take care of my game first. But other than that, I'm excited to go check it out."
Stewart, who is the seventh-ranked pocket passer in the country and 91st overall in the ESPN 150, knows that Seals-Jones would be a huge addition to the Texas A&M recruiting class.
"Oh no doubt," Stewart said. "I'm going to let him make his own decision, he's got to do whatever is best for him. But he knows how we feel and how he'd fit into the system at A&M. If we got a player like him, it'd definitely help us out."
Stewart, too, is looking forward to attending the Florida game and using his sales pitch on Seals-Jones in the process -- though not before taking care of business on the field.
"From Thursday to Sunday I'm all over Ricky after we beat his a--," Stewart said with a laugh. "We're ready. Hopefully he can get over it by Saturday and buddy back up with me again, but we'll see."
Several notable 2014 visitors on tap While Seals-Jones headlines the 2013 visitors and there are a few remaining 2013 Aggies targets that will be in attendance at A&M-Florida, there will also be several notable 2014 visitors, including Austin (Texas) Lake Travis running back Shaun Nixon, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr receiver Speedy Noil, Lake Charles (La.) Barbe receiver Trey Quinn and Westlake (La.) tight end Jacory Washington. The Aggies' first 2014 commitment, Dallas Skyline cornerback Cedric Collins, also hopes to be there. Houston Alief Taylor cornerback Chris Hardeman, who is committed to LSU, will be there as well. Arlington (Texas) Bowie safety Edwin Freeman, who recently said the Aggies lead his top three, is also a possible attendee.
Nixon taking in second straight game Shaun Nixon took in the Baylor-SMU game last week and will be attending the Texas A&M-Florida game this week. The 2014 running back from Austin (Texas) Lake Travis holds offers from Baylor, Clemson, SMU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
"I recently went to the Baylor-SMU game, so I was pumped for that," Nixon said. "I heard the fans at Texas A&M are pretty wild , so I'm really looking forward to that. I'm looking forward to see how they do in the SEC and how they play against Florida."
Prevot bonding with teammates One interesting name on the visitors' list is USC commit Torrodney Prevot, a 2013 defensive end who was a longtime Texas A&M target.
Prevot said not to read into it with regards to his commitment status to the Trojans, as he wanted to join his Alief Taylor teammates who will be there, namely Texas A&M commit Jonathan Wiggins and LSU commit Chris Hardeman.
"I'm just going to kick it with the guys and get some bonding time with the team," Prevot said.
Chevis, the 6-foot-2, 240-pound four-star linebacker, said he's unsure where those official visits may be and that for now, he's focused on his high school season. As for the Aggies, Chevis donned a 12th Man towel in the Apollos' season-opening win over Houston Sterling and reiterated his feelings about Texas A&M.
"It's the whole family thing," Chevis said. "A week prior to me committing, I went to visit Alabama, the No. 1 team in the country. I feel like if those guys can't change my mind about Texas A&M, no other school in the country can. I had over 40-something scholarship offers, so when your heart is in it, you might as well pull the trigger.
"I feel at home with Texas A&M and I was very close with the same coaching staff when they were at the University of Houston. Me being a UH fan, I really followed the whole program and when they switched schools, I was very interested. It made it even easier."
Chevis is among the expected group of attendees at Texas A&M-Florida on Saturday.