Top high school recruit Ricky Seals-Jones has made it official: The 5-star prospect will be attending Texas A&M in the fall of 2013 (per Sam Khan of ESPN).
"I'm going to verbal commit to be an Aggie." -Ricky Seals-Jones.— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) December 10, 2012
Seals-Jones was one of the most sought-after recruits this year. He was a do-it-all athlete for his high school team, spending time at quarterback, wide receiver, safety and special teams. Despite that versatility, he is going to play wide receiver in college.
In addition to Texas A&M, Seals-Jones had offers from several top schools, including LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and Stanford.
As is always the case when a high-profile recruit makes a decision like this, the social media reaction is just as informative and entertaining as the actual announcement itself. Here is what the analysts have to say about Seals-Jones' decision.
Of course, if you are going to look for an enthusiastic response from someone involved in the recruiting process, who better to go to than Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin?
YESSIR!— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) December 10, 2012
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports summed up the weekend for Texas A&M, which also included a Heisman Trophy for freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel on Saturday night:
Great 48-hr stretch or A&M just got better landing top WR. RT @skhanjr "I'm going to verbal commit to be an Aggie." -Ricky Seals-Jones.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 10, 2012
Kris Hughes of Rant Sports sees Seals-Jones' decision as being the first big chip to fall in an offseason that should be filled with good news for the Aggies:
Big get for Texas A&M in landing Ricky Seals-Jones. The first of many to come, I would presume. The landscape's shifting..— Kris Hughes (@KrisHughesRS) December 10, 2012
Angel Verdejo of the Houston Chronicle wrote that Seals-Jones will not keep his two-sport status going as he moves to the college ranks:
Ricky Seals-Jones, a basketball standout as well, said its likely to be just football in his future... #txhsfb— Angel Verdejo (@ahverdejo) December 10, 2012
Mark Dore of The Battalion, which is the official student newspaper for Texas A&M, brought up how much the Aggies have won this weekend without ever stepping onto the field:
This is the best non-game weekend in A&M history, right? Ricky Seals-Jones (No. 1 WR in country, No. 1 player in TX) commits to A&M.
— Mark Dore (@Mark_Dore) December 10, 2012
Indeed, it seems it was. And there should be plenty more successful weekends to come for the Aggies.
Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com talked about the remarkable job that Sumlin has done recruiting in just one year on the job.
Justin Manning + Ricky Seals-Jones = A new sheriff in town when it comes to the Lone Star recruiting landscape— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) December 10, 2012
Jeff Howe of 24/7 Sports wrote that regardless of where Seals-Jones ends up playing, the Aggies are going to be thrilled with the football player they got.
It doesn't matter where Ricky Seals-Jones winds up playing. The Aggies got a tremendous athlete today.— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) December 10, 2012
Jeff Tarpley of Rivals.com talked about the unique athleticism of Seals-Jones and his new teammate Mike Evans, who just had 72 receptions and 1,055 yards as a freshman, and what it does for them on the field.
Ricky Seals-Jones and Mike Evans both use their basketball talents to help them out on the football field #TAMU— Jeff Tarpley (@TarpRivals) December 10, 2012
Rivals.com also provided a quick snapshot of the new recruiting rankings after Seals-Jones announced that he was going to be attending Texas A&M.
Considering the success of the Aggies, that ranking could keep going up the deeper we get into recruiting season.
Finally, Texas A&M student Doug Chipponeri provided a glimpse at the ridiculous size of all the Aggies wide receivers that the SEC has the misfortune of trying to cover starting in 2013.
Next year's WRs: Cameron Clear 6'6", Ricky Seals-Jones 6'5", Mike Evans 6'4", Jaquay Williams 6'4", Nehemiah Hicks 6'4", Kyrion Parker 6'3"— Doug Chipponeri '13 (@dougigem) December 10, 2012
If anyone was worried about the Aggies falling off a cliff, or being a one-year wonder, landing a player like Seals-Jones to go with all those big weapons on the outside, not to mention the progression of Manziel, should alleviate those fears.