Ricky Seals-Jones suffers knee injury

September, 8, 2012
9/08/12
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UPDATE: Chester Jones, Seals-Jones' father, confirmed to ESPN RecruitingNation's Damon Sayles that the injury was a dislocated knee. Jones said doctors set the knee back in place late Thursday evening and would undergo an MRI on Friday to examine the extent of damage.

HOUSTON -- Sealy, Texas, receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, the nation's top-ranked receiver and the No. 10 player in the ESPN 150, left his team's nationally televised showdown with Houston St. Pius X with a left knee injury on Thursday.

Seals-Jones suffered the injury while making a tackle late in the third quarter. After making the tackle, he did not get up and lay in pain as trainers attended to him. He was taken off the field and on to the sideline was in visible pain while his knee was attended to.

His mother, Buffy Seals-Jones, said that the early indication is that Ricky has a "twisted kneecap." Seals-Jones was placed on a stretcher and his left leg was put in an air cast.

Before being wheeled off, Seals-Jones yelled "Let's go y'all!" to his Sealy teammates and got raucous applause from both crowds as he left the field.

Seals-Jones, who is one of the nation's most coveted recruits, lists Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Baylor, Oregon and TCU as his top suitors. He was taken to a local hospital for further examination.

"I haven't heard anything," Sealy coach Jimmie Mitchell said after the game. "I don't want to speculate on it. I saw it down there, and I'm sure everyone else did. It doesn't look real promising, but you know how those things are. I don't know if it's a kneecap or what it is."

Before the injury, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Jones had 213 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, mostly from the quarterback position. He spent time at quarterback, receiver, safety and punt returner for the Tigers in their 45-21 loss to St. Pius X at Parsley Field on ESPNU.

It was a night to showcase two stars, Seals-Jones of Sealy and St. Pius X quarterback Kohl Stewart, who is committed to Texas A&M. Stewart shined himself, going 16-of-35 passing for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He also excelled on his feet with 102 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Clarence McKinney were in attendance watching Seals-Jones and Stewart for the first half. Texas assistant Darrell Wyatt was also reportedly in attendance.

Stewart and Seals-Jones are friends who text regularly. Stewart said he hated to see the injury happen.

"That's awful," Stewart said. "Ricky's probably the best athlete in the country right now in high school. Just to see that happen to a kid like that... I know he'll bounce back from it but it'll probably be a while. I'm just going to say a few prayers for him and call him or text him after the game."

Mitchell said Seals-Jones injury had an effect on his team. The Tigers were trailing 35-21 when Seals-Jones left the game.

"I don't know how it couldn't [affect the team]," Mitchell said. "It affected me."

St. Pius coach Blake Ware came over to Seals-Jones as they placed him on the stretcher and said "We're praying for you. Everyone here is praying for you." Stewart tweeted after the game "Everyone PLEASE pray for @RickySealsJones he's and (sic) unbelievable talent and a heck of a friend. Stay strong man you played your butt off," from his Twitter account, @KohlStewart1.

"I went and grabbed his shoulder and I was crying," Ware said.

"It was just one of those deals where, his life and what he can be as a human being and as an athlete is so much bigger than this football game. While we want to win the game, you don't want to see a kid suffer an injury that could be a career-threatening injury, and I don't know that it is... It's just emotional. And he was yelling at his teammates 'Let's go,' yelling at them to keep fighting. What a kid."

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