The nation’s No. 13-overall recruit, Ricky Seals-Jones, is the state of Texas’ top recruit. Instead of heading to Austin to join the Longhorns, he will be joining the 12th Man at Texas A&M.
In front of friends, family, coaches, teammates and classmates at Sealy High School, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound receiver announced his decision.
With the ability to play multiple positions, Seals-Jones ranks as the nation’s No. 1 ‘athlete’.
He will now be running routes and catching passes from the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner in Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel.
“It’s pretty big,” Seals-Jones said. “And to know that he’s a freshman and he gets to come back, you can do big things as a freshman in the SEC. Him being there and me fighting for a receiver spot, if I get it, him throwing me the ball is going to be great.”
After tweeting all about the Aggies, attending a second A&M game, and even wearing Aggies’ gloves during his last two high school games, Seals-Jones’ decision seemed to be a foregone conclusion.
Whereas most recruits set out a few hats of different schools, and then pick one cap up to show their choice, Seals-Jones’ table was empty.
Instead, he simply pulled a hat out of his jacket, put it on his head, and said, “I’m going to verbally commit to be an Aggie,”.
While at the end of the day his decision looked like a guarantee, the star athlete insisted it was close between A&M and not Texas, but LSU.
“It was close,” Seals-Jones said. “But I sat down and talked to my parents about it and I thought A&M was a better choice, so that’s what I went with. I like my decision and I just can’t wait to get down there and have fun. I just felt like A&M was the best fit for me.”
Texas had been the young man’s original decision, but Seals-Jones de-commited on June 5.
He now joins a class of 34 commitments that already boasts several star recruits, including Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy’s Ja’Quay Williams, Cedar Hill (Texas) High School’s Quincy Adeboyejo, Manvel (Texas) High School’s Kyrion Parker and Honolulu Saint Louis School’s Jeremy Tabuyo.
Kevin Sumlin, in just his first year as Texas A&M’s head coach, has made waves both on the football field in the form of 10-wins, as well as off, dominating the state on the recruiting trail.
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