Seals-Jones commits to Texas A&M
What an exciting past few days for the Texas Aggies.
First, quarterback Johnny Manziel wins the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Then on Monday, they pick up a five-star recruit. Sealy star wideout Ricky Seals-Jones chose Texas A&M over LSU. He is rated the top athlete in the nation by both Rivals.com and ESPN.
“I’m going to verbally commit to be an Aggie," Seals-Jones announced to begin a ceremony at his high school.
Seal-Jones made the decision Sunday night at the dinner table.
“After talking to my parents and checking out the school and being around some of the guys I just felt like that was home,” Seals-Jones said. “It's a great school, great people. The coaches are great, great tradition. I can't wait to get out there and show what I can do.”
“We told him that’s his decision,” Ricky’s mother, Buffy Seals-Jones said. “He has to live with it and wherever he goes, we’re going to be 100 percent behind him. He’s got to stay there … there’s no coming back home, so got to get it done.”
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound wide receiver picked A&M over LSU. Originally, Seals-Jones committed to play for Texas but decommitted after Texas stopped recruiting him when he injured his leg on Sept. 6 and missed much of the season.
Although he said Manziel winning the Heisman was not the main factor in his decision, it definitely helped.
“It’s pretty big and to know he's a freshman and he gets to come back,” Seals-Jones said. “It just shows that you can do big things as a freshman in the SEC. So, him being there and me fighting for a receiver spot if I get it … him throwing me the ball, it's going to be great.”
“To have a Heisman quarterback throwing him the football, that's even better with a receiver that size and that big,” Ricky’s father, Chester Jones said. “You know Ricky will get the ball a lot, he's going to help them a lot, and like Coach Sumlin said, ‘It's a good day in Aggieland today.’”
Seals-Jones told Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin about his decision Monday morning before he made his official announcement.
“I called him and told him I had everyone in the office,” Seals-Jones said. “He spoke to them and then I told him that I wanted to verbal commit to A&M and he said, ‘Congratulations, I'm glad you'll be part of the Aggie family and I can't wait to get you up here.’”
And of course Seals-Jones is excited about where the Aggie football program is heading.
“It's going to be great,” Seals-Jones said. “A lot of people are starting to come there – a lot of great talent. So, I think we're going to be one of the teams to beat and we'll work hard to get to the national championship and bring one to A&M.”
Seals-Jones and his parents expressed relief that he finally made his decision, and he can now concentrate on basketball. He led the state in scoring last season and is still trying to decide if he will play basketball at Texas A&M even though he said he is leaning towards just sticking with football.
Although Seals-Jones seemed definitive about his decision, remember that verbal commitments are non-binding and that the first day a 2013 recruit can sign a National Letter of Intent is on Feb. 6, 2013.