What Ricky Seals-Jones Means for Johnny Manziel's Shot at 2013 Heisman Trophy
Wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones has decided he will join forces with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. With offers on the table from teams such as Texas, LSU and Notre Dame, the 5-star wide receiver has committed to the Texas A&M Aggies.
Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN was one of the first to break the news.
"I'm going to verbal commit to be an Aggie." -Ricky Seals-Jones.— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) December 10, 2012
This is another monumental pickup for head coach Kevin Sumlin and company, but what does it do for Manziel and his chances of winning another Heisman Trophy?
With the first-year starting quarterback becoming the first-ever freshman to win the award, Manziel still has a lot of time left to become just the second player ever to win the award twice.
Truthfully, if Manziel can continue to play well throughout his career, having Seals-Jones on his side only increases those chances of making history again. With the addition of the 5-star recruit, Texas A&M easily has one of the better wide receiving corps in the country.
This certainly can’t hurt Manziel and his chances of winning the award again.
Seals-Jones is widely considered the best wide receiver prospect in the 2013 class. At 6'5", 230 pounds, he has the size to contribute on the field right away and make an impact against some of the strongest defensive backs. He also has speed, terrific hands and quickness off the line. He is a complete receiver.
With his size, athleticism and leaping ability, there is little doubt that he will produce quickly for the Aggies from day one. Receivers that are built like Seals-Jones and possess this much talent at such a young age do not grow on trees.
This is also a team that will have Mike Evans returning for his sophomore year. He led the team with 75 receptions this season. He is a big and physical receiver who has proven to be a tough cover throughout SEC play. Having those two monsters on the field at the same time will create nightmares for opposing defensive coaches.
Texas A&M also has a talented receiver in Derrick Griffin, who committed this season and is considered a top-10 wideout in the 2013 class. Freshman Thomas Johnson had 30 receptions this year, and Edward Pope should receive some playing time after redshirting his first year on campus.
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Simply put, with the addition of Seals-Jones, the Aggies are going to be an exciting team to watch—even more than they were this year. Putting all of this athleticism and talent in a spread offense is going to be scary for defenses, especially having to also defend the possibility of Manziel taking off with his legs.
This offense should generate a bunch of points, which is only going to add to the attention of the "Johnny Football" craze. Sexy offense sells in this media world, and the Aggies will be looking like Mila Kunis if everything works out the way it is looking on paper.
Can Manziel win another Heisman Trophy in his career?
It is important to note that Texas A&M will lose a bunch of experience on offense in players such as Uzoma Nwachukwu and Ryan Swope. However, with the way the younger guys have stepped up, it doesn't look like those players will be missed much heading into next year.
The Aggies had the third-best offense in all of college football this season, averaging 552 yards per contest. With all of the talent that is hopping on the Texas A&M bandwagon recently, it wouldn't be far-fetched to believe that similar numbers could be produced next year.
If this was to take place, another Heisman campaign would be set for Manziel.
When most guys win the Heisman Trophy, they are either leaving for the NFL draft or losing a bunch of talent the year after. For Manziel, it appears to be quite the opposite, as his team is getting even stronger overall.
With Seals-Jones looking to make a big early splash, Manziel could have his hands on another Heisman Trophy quite soon.
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