Texas Football: What Ricky Seals-Jones' Decommitment Means for Texas

Zach SheltonFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2012

Ricky Seals-Jones, the No. 7 recruit in the country and the best wide receiver in the 2013 class according to the ESPNU 150, has decommitted from Texas. What does losing such a talented recruit mean for Texas and its 2013 recruiting class?

In case you have not heard much about RSJ, he's about 6'6", 220 and takes about four strides to cover 40 yards. That about sums it up.

Seals-Jones is also a basketball player, and a pretty good one at that. Last season, Seals-Jones averaged 32.3 points/game and was an honorable mention for the MaxPreps Junior All-American team.

And now, according to HornsNation, it is believed Seals-Jones has decommitted in order to explore the option of playing both football and basketball in college. 

This comes as a shock to fans, coaches, and even Seals-Jones' potential teammates at Texas, namely coveted QB recruit Tyrone Swoopes.

When Texas secured this commitment just five days after landing Swoopes, it had dreams of an offense that would field three recruits in Seals-Jones, Swoopes, and Johnathan Gray that were tops at their position in their respective classes. 

Could that still happen? Yes. Will it? Nobody knows.

Following RSJ's decommitment, Swoopes told ESPN's Max Olson, "(Seals-Jones) said Texas is still No. 1 but he just wanted to see what other schools had to offer."

This is cause for relief for Longhorns fans until they see that the Baylor Bears, who have beat Texas two years in a row, are among the schools that has offered RSJ the chance to play both sports.

Now the question for Texas is: How do you react?


Texas can either fold and let RSJ play basketball next year as well as football. Or it can wait and see.

Folding sets a bad precedent. It tells not only Seals-Jones but the entire country that they are worried enough about him playing for someone else, especially a conference rival, that they would put his needs before their own.

Not only that, but if the coaches tell RSJ he can play basketball and then he spurns them, it would be absolutely humiliating. Humiliating to the point that it would likely affect the status of other recruits both future and present. Absolutely can't have that.

On the other hand, the only thing Texas has to lose by holding firm and waiting out the process is Seals-Jones himself. Swoopes has already told ESPN's Olson, "I'm not going anywhere," and Texas already has commits from speedster Jacorey Warrick and Jake Oliver, a big receiver of the same ilk as RSJ.

And Texas has offers out to Robbie Rhodes and Ra'Shaad Samples, an All-American. Not to mention we still have no idea how good Jaxon Shipley and freshman Cayleb Jones will be.

The bottom line is that Texas is and always will be bigger than just one player. The main reason this hurts is because it came out of nowhere and after RSJ had been on campus working out with the other recruits.

When it's all said and done, Texas will have a top-five recruiting class with or without Seals-Jones. My bet is, because of his close relationship with Swoopes and their potential to be the next McCoy-Shipley, that Seals-Jones still ends up at Texas. If not, we will be just fine.