Ricky Seals-Jones (Photo by Wescott Eberts)
One of the top uncommitted prospects in the country is down to two finalists.
There has been plenty of drama surrounding 2013 Sealy (TX) athlete Ricky Seals-Jones in the last several weeks. First it was his knee injury, then the news that the Texas Longhorns are no longer recruiting him. At the end of last week, the breaking story was that the 6-5, 230-pounder is down to two finalists ($) -- the Texas A&M Aggies and the LSU Tigers.
Seals-Jones shared his thoughts on both schools in a recent interview with ESPN:
After watching both games on Saturday, they're both great schools. Both have academics that are great and they share the ball. So you've got to look at those things and I feel like I can go to each one of those two schools and do great. I've just got to choose which one I want to be at, sit down and talk to my parents about it and go from there.
So, who has the current lead? Seals-Jones isn't sharing, but Aggie fans are feeling confident.
There has been plenty of speculation about how much the appearance at the Sealy-St. Pius X game of Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin in a helicopter that Aggies are referring to as the Swaggcopter, a reference to the Aggswag movement, which was started by the 2012 recruiting class last season.
Seals-Jones spoke about the high-profile arrival ($):
I really didn't know about it until like a day later. I went on Instagram and somebody had tweeted it. I didn't know. 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.'
Days after that fateful game, the Longhorns opted to end their recruitment of the future collegiate wide receiver. Seals-Jones hasn't spoken with the Texas coaches since that time -- he had the news relayed to him through his high school head coach -- but he has taken a pragmatic approach to the situation:
I'm just going to move on. 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.
How high were the 'Horns on his list before head coachand his staff moved on? Well, RSJ had maintained throughout the summer that Texas was his leader, and his father, Chester, said the same thing, acknowledging that "Texas was on top" in his son's recruitment.
All the better for the Aggies and Tigers, who certainly don't appear to be ready to give in as the Longhorns did. The cousin of former NFL starsaid that he plans on visiting both finalists before making his decision, but does not currently have a timetable for it to happen.