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Ricky Seals-Jones: 5-Star WR's Desire to Play Hoops Will Hamper Football Career

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2012

Ricky Seals-Jones is almost too talented an athlete for his own good. The 6'5", 215-pound Sealy, Texas star has everything you can't coach—size, speed, athleticism, playmaking skills—and it translates onto the basketball court as well.

The rising senior committed to Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns on February 22nd, but reopened his recruitment by decommitting yesterday, reports ESPN.

After recording 31 catches for 512 yards and 11 touchdowns as a receiver in his sophomore year, RSJ was moved to quarterback as a junior simply because he was Sealy's best athlete.

He'll play quarterback again as a senior, but he's being recruited as a wide receiver at the next level and was slated to be the one the top targets for Texas QB commit Tyrone Swoopes, who Longhorn fans hope is the next coming of Vince Young.

The speculation on the recruiting trail is that RSJ doesn't just want to star on the gridiron, but that he also wants to star on the hardwood. Fox Sports and Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Powers says that LSU, Texas A&M and Baylor were all mentioned as programs that would allow the youngster to play both football and basketball.

Swoopes, meanwhile, was quoted by ESPN talking about RSJ's decision and said, "He said Texas is still No. 1 but he just wanted to see what other schools had to offer. I told him I respect that."

It is admirable that RSJ wants to play both positions at such a high level, but if he does wind up playing both football and hoops in college it will ultimately hurt his football career. 

ESPN even reports that he's considering just playing basketball and that he might even visit Kansas.

If chooses to play basketball, it will obviously end his football career for now, but if he plays both he'll never be able to fully commit to one sport while playing the other.

At 6'5", 215 pounds, his body and skill set has the potential to absolutely dominate the football field. However, on the basketball court, he's just another athletic, rangy player with no defined position.

We cannot tell RSJ, who is a 5-star football recruit and unranked basketball recruit, what sport is the better choice for him, but there is no denying that playing both will hamper his potential football career.

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