Saturday, September 15, 2012
Seals-Jones narrows list to final two
By Sam Khan Jr.
SEALY, Texas -- Many things have changed in Ricky Seals-Jones' world in a little over a week.
He went from having an explosive senior season for Sealy (Texas) to being sidelined for a large chunk of it after suffering a dislocated knee on Sept. 6 against Houston St. Pius X. He watched his team's 26-20 comeback win over Cleveland (Texas) from the sideline on Friday night.
Sealy (Texas) senior Ricky Seals-Jones is the nation's top wide receiver.
And things changed significantly regarding Seals-Jones' recruiting, when Texas exited the picture earlier this week.
On Friday after his team's win, Seals-Jones said his decision will come now down to a pair of Southeastern Conference schools.
"The first focus is getting this knee back right and getting back to playing high school ball," Seals-Jones said. "Right now, it's between Texas A&M and LSU, those two schools. Probably soon I'll have a commitment and sit down and talk with my parents. But really those are the two schools that I'm looking at the most."
How soon could a decision be expected? Seals-Jones said it "could be a month, maybe two." He is focused on his rehab and before he makes a college decision, he'll sit and talk it over with his parents, Buffy and Chester.
"After watching both games on Saturday, they're both great schools," Seals-Jones said. "Both have academics that are great and they share the ball. So you've got to look at those things and I feel like I can go to each one of those two schools and do great. I've just got to choose which one I want to be at, sit down and talk to my parents about it and go from there."
He was originally slated to visit Kyle Field for the Texas A&M-Florida game, but his knee injury prevented that. He hopes to get to College Station, Texas, when the Aggies host LSU later this year. As for Baton Rouge, La., he is planning on being there when the Tigers host Alabama.
Seals-Jones has been keeping in frequent contact with coaches on each staff. At LSU, it has been special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, while at Texas A&M, it has been running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Clarence McKinney.
"He's a cool guy," Seals-Jones said of McGaughey. "We talk every day, see how it is. Me and him are tight. We've been tight since the first time he's been down here. Kept in touch and just gone from there."
With McKinney, Seals-Jones has also built a close relationship, communicating with him daily as well.
"He's a great guy also," Seals-Jones said. "We're close as well, keep in touch, talk about family, ask how school's going. Just going day-by-day on it and keeping in touch."
And the Aggies certainly made an impression on Seals-Jones when McKinney and head coach Kevin Sumlin arrived at Seals-Jones' Sept. 6 game at Houston St. Pius X in a maroon helicopter.
"At first, I heard a chopper, and I thought it was the news, maybe ABC or something, and then once I realized (it was the Texas A&M coaches), I said 'They're doing it big down there at A&M,'" Seals-Jones said. "I thought it was nice. It was neat."
As for Texas, Seals-Jones is putting the situation behind him. He said he was surprised to learn that the Longhorns were no longer recruiting him and was informed by his high school coach, Jimmie Mitchell.
"[Mitchell] said it wasn't because of my injury and he doesn't really don't know why and I don't know why, but it is what it is,” Seals-Jones said. “I'm going to move forward and they'll move forward, so I'll just find another school."
He said he attempted to connect with Texas defensive ends coach Oscar Giles, who had been recruiting him, but the two weren't able to connect in recent days, each missing calls placed to each other. When asked if he would still try to reach Giles for an explanation on the Texas development, Seals-Jones said no.
"I'm just going to move on," Seals-Jones said. "They made a decision. We've got to live with it. I'm not going to sit around and mope about it. I'm just going to move on."
Seals-Jones said he doesn't have any negative emotions toward the Longhorns and wishes them well.
"I don't know what happened, but you just have to move on from things like that," he said. "I wish the best for them, but I have to do what's best for me."