Following an intense recruiting battle between SEC West foes, Ricky Seals-Jones has rebuffed an offer from LSU and will be headed to Texas A&M, according to ESPN's Sam Khan, Jr.
"I'm going to verbal commit to be an Aggie." -Ricky Seals-Jones.— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) December 10, 2012
He said he made the decision Sunday after dinner with his family. Said he's still thinking about basketball. "Probably not." #Aggies— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) December 10, 2012
GigEm247.com's Taylor Hamm posted a video of Seals-Jones' announcement:
Recognized by ESPN Scouts Inc. as the No. 1 "athlete" recruit in the nation, most expect Seals-Jones to settle into Texas A&M's receiving corps. At 6'5" and 230 pounds, the high school senior is already built like Calvin Johnson while possessing strong top-end speed and brilliant hands over the middle.
What's even more intriguing is the fact Seals-Jones spent time at quarterback during his time at Sealy High School in Texas. Though used mostly as a run threat out of the backfield, his ability to take snaps simply adds another intriguing dimension to his already burgeoning game.
Initially committed to Texas in February, Seals-Jones backed out of his verbal agreement four months later. Since reopening his recruitment, seemingly every school in the southern United States made an offer, but the young star eventually made it clear that LSU and Texas A&M were his favorites.
From there, it was up to Kevin Sumlin and Les Miles to make their sales pitches.
At Texas A&M, Seals-Jones would be able to pair with freshman phenom Johnny Manziel for at least two years. In his first year with the Aggies, Manziel won the 2012 Heisman Trophy, becoming the first freshman in history to do so.
For LSU, the key is a winning pedigree. The Tigers haven't been the most scintillating offensive bunch under Miles, but they haven't lost more than two regular season games since 2009.
In the end, Seals-Jones chose the school that best fit him, Texas A&M. This is a major coup for the Aggies, who recently celebrated QB Johnny Manziel's Heisman victory. With the hoopla surrounding his recruitment over, it's time that Seals-Jones comes to school and focuses on making the most out of his SEC journey.