Why 5-Star WR Ricky Seals-Jones Is LSU's Must Have Recruit for Class of 2013

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 9, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The LSU Tigers need to do everything they can to secure the commitment of 5-star wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones out of Sealy, Texas. He is the one recruit Les Miles and Tigers can't afford to miss out on.

Miles and his staff have done an incredible job so far with their 2013 class. They are currently ranked No. 2 overall in the nation, according to Rivals.com, and feature 15 4-star commits and 24 total commitments. All that said, I do not believe this class will be complete until it brings in an elite wideout, and that's what makes Seals-Jones so important.

LSU has been known for its power running game and aggressive and opportunistic defense. One could argue that that's why the Tigers have been successful. Winning football is about finding a balance between your scheme and its opposite, though, as to not become predictable. And that's where LSU has really struggled in the past two years—especially against Alabama.

Sure, the Tigers can line up and pound the rock against Washington or North Texas and get away with it. But when it comes to playing elite talent like Alabama or even Florida (who beat LSU earlier this season), having a balance on offense is they key to success.

Go back to Alabama vs. LSU game and truly examine why the Tigers were successful on offense for most of it. The Tide did a good job running the ball—139 yards on 49 carries—but most of their success on the ground was set up because they did a good job of moving the ball through the air.

The Tigers came out and challenged Alabama through the air with Zach Mettenberger's arm to the tune of 298 yards and one touchdown on 35 attempts. And in the process, they forced the defensive backs and linebackers to play a bit softer in order to respect the pass. That in turn helped out the running game, and that's what makes having a balanced offense so important and so effective.

Seals-Jones is 6'5''and 230 pounds, so he has great size. And he runs a 4.60 40, according to 247Sports. He doesn't have incredible speed, but it's definitely serviceable at his size. Also, what he doesn't have in straight-line speed, he makes up for in football speed, size and talent.

He could be a true deep threat for LSU, but he also has the talent and skill to be effective on shorter routes, and he could make something happen after the catch.

In general, having Seals-Jones on the offense would force defenses to really respect the threat of LSU throwing the ball, which in turn, would loosen up the defense a bit. That would go a long way in helping out the running game, which would then help out the passing game.

It becomes a cycle of effective offensive football predicated on a strong running game and a passing game that has the ability to go vertical and burn a defense.

The good news here is that LSU is in Seals-Jones' top two, according to 247Sports. The bad news is, the other program is Texas A&M, who has a very efficient offense and a potential star quarterback in freshman Johnny Manziel.

The Tigers still have room in their class, especially since nobody's commitment is final until national signing day. Thus, we could always see a decommit or two. With that in mind, the Tigers need to put on the full-court press with Seals-Jones.

He has the potential to be an elite wide receiver at the college level, and having him on the offense could completely change LSU's dynamic.

If they can get Seals-Jones aboard, there would be no question that the Tigers could burn a defense through the air, and that added dimension would make their offense very good.

Without a doubt in my mind, Seals-Jones is LSU's must-have recruit.

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