The Longhorns got some big-time bad news today, or at least some news of a setback, when Ricky Seals-Jones decommitted from the 2013 class. Basketball, it seems, was the sticking point, and there is at least a fly in the ointment where Rick Barnes and Mack Brown are concerned.
As it stands now, the Longhorns loss may stand to be an SEC team's gain. Both Texas A&M and LSU have eyes on the big-time athlete from Sealy, Texas. College Station is not too far from home for Seals-Jones, and Les Miles has made serious inroads with the football players in Houston, the city none too far from Sealy.
For the Aggies, getting Ricky Seals-Jones would be a big move for the new head coach, Kevin Sumlin. The big-time athlete would be able to bolster the Texas A&M passing attack, as Sumlin would most likely use him at the wide receiver position. With the big body and tremendous athleticism, Seals-Jones would be an instant asset to the new kids on the SEC's block.
The interesting player here is the LSU Bayou Bengals. Both Russell Shepard and Craig Loston are big-time players out of the Houston area, and adding Seals-Jones from the area would only serve to further cement the Tigers' recruiting push into Texas. Certainly, the offensive side of the ball could be an option for Seals-Jones in Red Stick.
However, where things get interesting is in the Bayou Bengals' ability to produce outstanding defensive backs, including LaRon Landry, Chad Jones and Brandon Taylor in recent years, not to mention Eric Reid and Craig Loston playing in Baton Rouge currently.
Defense might be what maximizes the talents of Ricky Seals-Jones, and that interest may best be served by LSU. That being said, the Longhorns are in the mix for the big-time athlete, provided they get things worked out with the football-basketball dynamic. Whoever ends up with Ricky Seals-Jones is likely going to offer him the best dual sport deal; we'll keep you updated on the progress of his recruitment.