Five-star wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones is one of the most prolific recruits in the class of 2013, so naturally, his top two has come down to two very prolific schools in Texas A&M and LSU. Seals-Jones is apparently ready to decide though, as he has reportedly set a decision date.
Shea Dixon of 247Sports reports via his Twitter account that Seals-Jones will announce his decision on Monday (December, 10th), sourcing his colleague Taylor Hamm of 247Sports:
This is going to be the moment of truth for either the Aggies or Tigers. Seals-Jones is an incredibly skilled recruit and he's more than capable of being a game changer at the college level.
He's 6'5", 230 pounds and and runs a 4.60 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports, so he has great size and pretty good speed for a wideout. He's also extremely athletic for as big as he is. Seals-Jones displays good hands, vision and he'll be a force in regards to yards after the catch.
Will the five-star wideout choose LSU or Texas A&M?
There's not a doubt in my mind that Seals-Jones can be elite with the proper coaching and in the proper scheme, and therein lies the kicker.
LSU is known for fielding an aggressive defense and they traditionally have a good power running game on offense. While Les Miles and his squad can sure throw the ball when they want to or need to, you'd be hard pressed to argue that the Tigers' strength is throwing the ball.
Texas A&M, on the other hand, runs the type of spread offense that features a ton of passes. They averaged 44.8 points per game this regular season and threw for 317.3 yards per game. They also ran for 235.1 yards per game, so if anything, it goes to show you how Kevin Sumlin's squad could use the run to set up the pass, or vice versa.
Seals-Jones would have the chance to step into that offensive system and put up some major statistics as a five-star wide receiver, but there's one more factor we've yet to discuss—quarterbacks.
The Aggies offer Seals-Jones the opportunity to play with Johnny Manziel, who's a Heisman candidate in just his freshman year with the Aggies, and that could end up being the deciding factor.
Manziel is already one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but he'll only get better with more experience. He'll also be around for a while as well since he's only a freshman, so Seals-Jones would have a lot to look forward to at A&M. Believe it or not, the addition of Seals-Jones would actually serve to make Manziel better, and there's no doubt in my mind that "Johnny Football" will make life easier for the five-star receiver on the field.
Zach Mettenberger is a good quarterback in his own right for LSU, but he doesn't compare with Manziel. Mettenberger is also a junior.
In the end, it just makes too much sense for Seals-Jones to choose Texas A&M over LSU.
It's not that LSU doesn't have a lot to offer. It's that the Aggies have much more to offer, especially for an elite wide receiver. It's also worth noting that Seals-Jones is from Sealy, Texas, so he can stay in-state if he chooses A&M.
The offensive scheme, plus the chance to play in the state of Texas with "Johnny Football" should be too much for Seals-Jones to pass up on.
Prediction: Seals-Jones commits to Texas A&M.