The LSU Tigers are in a very close contest for the commitment of 5-star receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. But they can give themselves a big advantage this weekend, as he's scheduled to be in attendance for their showdown against Alabama.
James Smith of The Times-Picayune is reporting that Seals-Jones will be at LSU for an unofficial visit:
The Tigers will have their work cut out for them if they want to secure a commitment from this big-time prospect. After he decommitted from Texas, it was believed it was a two-team race between LSU and Texas A&M for Seals-Jones.
Now, it’s perceived that the Aggies have taken a small lead over the Tigers. Well, if that is the case, one would think that the environment Saturday could help narrow that gap. This will be an unofficial visit for Seals-Jones, which means LSU could get him back on campus after the season. When it comes to closing on the recruiting trail, very few coaches have been as successful as Miles.
Seals-Jones would be an integral part of Les Miles' 2013 class. And at 6'5'', 230 pounds, listed as running a 4.60 40-yard dash by 247Sports, he certainly projects to be a top player at the college level.
So, how can LSU gain the advantage over Texas A&M for the 5-star wideout?
A win against Alabama would obviously be a a great start. The Crimson Tide are the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the BCS rankings, and they appear well on their way towards making another national championship run. Taking down the No.1 team at home would be a gigantic achievement for the Tigers, and that could be enough to sway even the most stubborn of recruits.
There's also another factor that LSU will have to address, though: The Tigers are known for their power running game and aggressive defensive, but you don't necessarily think about LSU as being an explosive downfield offense where wideouts can put up a lot of numbers.
LSU is ranked 109th in the nation, averaging just 177.4 passing yards per game, compared to 208.4 yards per game on the ground. Texas A&M, on the other hand, is ranked 14th, putting up 305.3 yards per game through the air.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has thrown for 1,419 yards and seven touchdown on the year so far. Conversely, Texas A&M's freshman quarterback, Johnny Manziel, has thrown for 2,216 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The Aggies are obviously the better passing offense, and that may be the one thing hinders LSU.
The Tigers can really alter that perception, though, if the can move the ball through the air on Alabama.
Where will Seals-Jones commit?
It's going to be easier said than done, as the Crimson Tide are only giving up 8.1 points per game. But if the Tigers can get their passing game going and show a little life through the air, that could be enough to prove to Seals-Jones that LSU really is a viable option.
Seals-Jones is an elite receiver, and he'll want to go where he can be utilized as such. LSU will have to prove that it can move the ball through the air against Alabama if it wants to gain the edge over Texas A&M for the 5-star wideout.