7 Reasons No. 1 WR Prospect Ricky Seals-Jones Will Sign with Texas A&M
A few weeks ago, we gave you some reasons why 5-star prospect Ricky Seals-Jones could sign with LSU. With the Tigers being one of his top two schools, reasons were given as to what were the main draws to the Tigers for the big pass catcher.
Today, we'll flip the script and look at the other school that Seals-Jones is considering—Texas A&M. This read will focus on seven core reason why Seals-Jones could sign up to be an Aggie and catch passes in College Station.
With Texas A&M having a solid season, the Aggies are a team that you may want to keep your eye on. Let's get started.
7. Fans and 12th Man Atmosphere
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With the Aggies' fan base being extremely supportive, they really take it to another level. The whole entire student body at Kyle Field stands for the entire game, cheering on the Aggie football squad.
The fans call themselves the "12th man" and Kyle Field rocks all game long. With so much support, Seals-Jones could be a rock star here.
6. Derrick Griffin
Can you imagine what type of tandem Derrick Griffin and Ricky Seals-Jones would make? Both are huge pass catchers that would terrorize the SEC.
Griffin, a current Texas A&M commit, stands 6'6", 220 pounds and Seals-Jones is already 6'5", 230 pounds. Imagine yourself being an SEC defensive back and seeing the Aggies break their huddle only to have two huge pass catchers with good athleticism, quickness and speed lining up to attack you.
That's scary and Seals-Jones could love this idea.
5. Johnny Manziel
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It is believed around the Texas A&M football program that redshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel has "it." Kevin Sumlin has given the young signal caller the keys to the Aggie offense and has thrown for 1285 yards, 11 TD's and has completed almost 70% of his passes.
With Manziel being just a redshirt freshman, Seals-Jones would have at least two years to play with stud QB. Manziel's moxie, production and growing legend could help sway Seals-Jones to College Station.
4. Other Recent Texas A&M Quarterback Recruits
If anything were to happen unexpectedly with Manziel, the Aggies still have several potentially great QBs in the stable.
This 2013 recruiting class has brought them commitments from two good signal callers in Kohl Stewart and Kenny Hill, while last year Matt Davis signed with A&M.
3. Chance to Stick It to Texas
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Seals-Jones was once committed to Texas and then re-opened up his recruitment. He kept Texas in the loop and continued to heavily consider the Longhorns.
A few weeks ago, Texas informed Seals-Jones that they were moving on from him. I think the Longhorns got impatient and arrogant, thinking Seals-Jones would feel pressure to re-commit to them.
What better way to spurn the Longhorns that to play and have success at one of their rival schools at Texas A&M.
2. Offensive Scheme
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The Aggies are led by an offensive-minded head coach in Kevin Sumlin. Their offensive coordinator in Kliff Kingsbury, who was a QB at Texas Tech under Mike Leach, so you know he loves to throw the football.
Texas A&M runs a version of the "air raid" attack, which receivers love. Seals-Jones could put up some serious stats in this offense, which would really get him national attention and accolades.
This has to factor into Seals-Jones' thinking.
1. Chance to Stay Close to Home While Still Playing in the SEC
Since the Aggies joined the SEC, I've been saying they hold a great recruiting advantage by being in talent-rich Texas while being a member of the SEC.
This advantage could really come up big for them in getting Seals-Jones. The Aggies' campus in College Station is only about an hour and a half drive from where Seals-Jones' hometown is in Sealy, TX.
So he has an opportunity to stay close to home and inside his home state of Texas, while still playing in the mighty SEC. That has to be a huge plus for the Aggies.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.