Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Ricky Seals-Jones talks LSU-Texas A&M
By Sam Khan Jr.
SEALY, Texas -- It's only a matter of days before Ricky Seals-Jones returns to the field.
The Sealy (Texas) High School wide receiver, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation at his position, is anxiously awaiting his chance to return to action under the lights, which he will do this Friday when Sealy hosts Columbus (Texas) High School.
Ricky Seals-Jones, the nation's top wideout, said he'll choose between Texas A&M and LSU after his season.
Patience has been hard for the ESPN 150 receiver, but he has learned it well since suffering a dislocated kneecap on Sept. 6 against Houston St. Pius X.
"I just have to take it one day at a time," he said. "I don't want to rush it, but I'm ready to get back out there and play again and be out under the Friday night lights again."
On Saturday, Seals-Jones had the chance to attend his first Texas A&M game. The Aggies are in his final two, with LSU -- the Aggies' opponent that day -- being the other school Seals-Jones is still considering. He wanted to enjoy the atmosphere and watch the teams closely and did both of those things on his trip.
"I just wanted to go up there and watch their offense and have a good time watching them," he said. "I did both and it was a great experience. After the game, I talked with Coach [Clarence] McKinney and Coach [Kevin] Sumlin a little bit with my parents and we just went from there."
The impression that College Station, Texas, left him with was a good one.
"It was crazy," he said. "The fans there are very dedicated in their traditions. It was just a nice atmosphere out there."
Did the game-day atmosphere live up to what others had told him to expect?
"It was true; it was everything that they told me," he said. "It lived up to it."
He liked what he saw from the Aggies on the field, despite their loss.
"It was nice," he said. "They played LSU hard. They had a couple of mistakes, [missed] field goals that could have been game-changers, but that happens in football. Overall, they did great and it was a great experience watching them."
He was also impressed with what he saw from LSU, which won the game 24-19.
"They're always going to come to fight," he said. "LSU got Johnny [Manziel] out of his game and instead of rushing the [defensive] ends, they kind of sat them. They made that adjustment after the first quarter, and it showed that their coaching staff was on top of everything and that their coaching staff is watching out for everything. Each team played a great game."
And while Sumlin and McKinney had their chance to chat with the four-star receiver on Saturday, LSU made sure to follow up on Monday. Tigers special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, who has been recruiting Seals-Jones for the Tigers, made a stop by Sealy to chat with the No. 10 player in the 2013 class.
"It was great," Seals-Jones said. "We chatted it up with our head coach [Sealy head coach Jimmie Mitchell] and we just talked about coming to Baton Rouge and checking out their game against Alabama. He said it's something like Kyle Field but maybe a little bit better. So I want to go out there and see how it is."
Seals-Jones still plans on visiting Death Valley for the LSU-Alabama showdown on Nov. 3 so he can compare the experience to the one he had at Kyle Field on Saturday.
"I just want to go out there and check it out for myself," he said. "[McGaughey] said they're kind of missing a go-to-guy and they really want me and are recruiting me hard so I just want to go see how I like their atmosphere and their stadium and see how it goes."
Did this weekend's trip to Texas A&M affect his feelings on the two schools?
"Maybe a little bit, yeah," Seals-Jones said. "Each team has me thinking a little bit harder about where I want to go."
After his trip to LSU, Seals-Jones said he'll talk with his family about making a decision.
"After I make that trip, I'll sit down, talk to my parents and I'll probably make a decision, probably after football season," he said.