Texas Longhorns: Ricky Seals-Jones

Being the Joneses has its perks.

But when the Joneses can’t live up to their own way of living, things can go awry very quickly.

Manny Diaz found out just how quickly Sunday afternoon when he was relieved of his duties as Texas’ defensive coordinator not even 24 hours after the Longhorns gave up a school-record 550 rushing yards and 679 total yards to BYU in an embarrassing 40-21 loss in Provo, Utah.
Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We’ll release this every Thursday.

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A few of the notes in today's 2014-heavy edition of The Heard:

  • Spring game comes at right time
  • Gators commitment will visit Texas
  • ESPN 100 G talks official visit
  • Visit an important one for Alaka
  • Louisiana DT making trip to Austin
  • Louisiana DT likes Longhorns
  • UT commit unwavered by OU offer
  • DB Johnson back for spring game

Read The Heard after the jump.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Mack Brown refused to talk about the five recruits Texas didn't get on signing day.

But the Texas coach did have a message for players that might be interested in the Longhorns in the future.

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Kevin Jairaj/US PresswireTexas coach Mack Brown stressed the quality of his 2013 class but was clearly disappointed in the five recruits who decommitted.
"The thing that we will do is we have allowed the kids to commit and still look around the last couple of years -- we're not doing that anymore," Brown said on Wednesday. “If you are committed to us be committed. If you're going to go look, we're going to go look."

It was a strong message and it permeated a signing day that dripped with disappointment over who Texas didn't get -- A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama), Daeshon Hall (Texas A&M), Ricky Seals-Jones (Texas A&M), Durham Smythe (Notre Dame) and Kyle Hicks (TCU) -- as much as the day was held up and celebrated for the 15 players Texas did get.

"What we found is the 15 [recruits] that we got are very passionate about being at Texas and that is what we want," Brown said. "And very honestly if a young person tells you they're coming and their parents tell you they're coming and then they don't, you wouldn't want them to be here.

"You may be disappointed on the day it happened but you want people that will look you in the eye and tell you the truth and you want people who want to be at your school.”

This signing day Texas didn't need that many people at its school. It only had room for about 16. So the search was for quality over quantity. Brown, who because of all the decommitments and misses seemingly has gone from coach February to Father Time with this class, tried to hammer that point home repeatedly.

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ESPN 150 DT decommits from Texas 

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Texas' 2013 recruiting class had already suffered four decommitments. Just four days before signing day, the Longhorns suffered another one that was more stunning than the rest.


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SAN ANTONIO -- Longhorns cornerback commitment Antwuan Davis (Bastrop, Texas/Bastrop) could have pouted. The ESPN 150 cornerback could have sulked and tucked his head when he wasn’t named a starter in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.


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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:

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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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Texas still hunting for help from jucos 

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With nearly seven weeks left before signing day, Texas’ recruiting board is beginning to thin out a bit.


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Every Friday, HornsNation recruiting writers William Wilkerson and Max Olson will answer a question about the Longhorns.

This week's question: Texas has seen Ricky Seals-Jones, Daeshon Hall, Kyle Hicks and now Durham Smythe decommit from the 2013 class. Who is the one recruit Texas can't afford to lose before signing day?

William Wilkerson: There are several choices here but I’m going with ESPN 150 DB Antwuan Davis because of Texas’ struggles recruiting the secondary in this class.

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Now that he’s landed Hoza Scott and Ricky Seals-Jones, Kevin Sumlin might as well finish off the week by planting a maroon flag on the top of Chase Tower.

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Max Olson/ESPN.comClass of 2014 linebacker Hoza Scott consistently said Texas was No. 2 on his list but the Aggies were too far out in front.
The celebration might be all too fitting. It is, after all, the tallest building in Texas and a 75-story behemoth towering over downtown Houston.

The man was introduced as Texas A&M’s new head coach exactly one year ago today, and already he has effectively declared he owns the city of Houston and its surrounding area in the recruiting game.

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TE Durham Smythe decommits from Texas 

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Texas’ 2013 recruiting class has suffered another defection.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comTight end Durham Smythe is the Longhorns' fourth decommitment for the Class of 2013.
Four-star tight end Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas/Belton) decommitted from the Longhorns on Tuesday. The longtime Texas commit confirmed his decision in a text message to HornsNation.

"I have nothing but respect for the coaches, commits, players and program," Smythe said, "but I had to do what I thought was right for me personally."

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 30

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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

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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

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Every Friday, HornsNation recruiting writers William Wilkerson and Max Olson will answer a question about the Longhorns.

This week's question: If you were a Texas coach, would you swallow your pride and pick up the Ricky Seals-Jones -- the nation's No. 1 athlete and a former Longhorns commit -- recruitment again?

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Max Olson/ESPN.comTop athlete Ricky Seals-Jones is down to Texas A&M and LSU.
William Wilkerson: I don’t think you’ll find a person who covers recruiting, a football coach that’s seen Seals-Jones play, or even a casual fan whose just read about the Sealy sensation who doesn’t think he’ll be the same, and then some, in college.

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Weekend Rewind: Texas 

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Texas went on the road and knocked off Texas Tech this week 31-22 for a crucial victory that gets the Longhorns’ season back on track. But the real recruiting news of the weekend for Texas came from Fort Worth, not Lubbock.

Following his game against Southwest on Saturday afternoon, ESPN 150 defensive tackle and longtime Texas pledge A’Shawn Robinson said he has scheduled an official visit to Alabama for next weekend’s game against Texas A&M.

Robinson has been wavering on his commitment to Texas for a while now. He took an official visit to Florida State in September and plans to visit USC in December.

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