Wide Receiver Ricky Seals-Jones Would Solidify Texas A&M's Status as Contender

Barrett SalleeFeatured Columnist IVMarch 14, 2017

This offseason, the big question was: Which of the SEC newcomers—Texas A&M or Missouri—would enjoy more immediate success in the SEC?

Nobody thought the Aggies were capable of a 10-win season in their first season in the SEC, but many people expected the recruiting foundation in the state of Texas to pay long-term dividends for the A&M program.

It wasn't everybody. I got laughed at for saying that Texas A&M would win the SEC West within six years of joining the conference on a few radio shows this summer.

Fast-forward to present day, and A&M looks like a burgeoning SEC West force, as evidenced by the commitment of star wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who committed to Texas A&M on Monday over LSU, Baylor and Texas, according to ESPN.com.

The 6'5", 230-pound wide receiver is the No. 1 player in the state of Texas and the 13th-ranked player in the nation, according to ESPN.com.

All commitments are subject to change before National Signing Day, but if Seals-Jones signs with A&M, he will join Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and star rising sophomore wide receiver Mike Evans on the ultra-dynamic offense.

You know, the same offense that went into Tuscaloosa and ran circles around the Alabama Crimson Tide in November.

Maybe that elusive SEC West title is coming sooner rather than later.

While everyone gears up for the BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama, it should not be forgotten that had it not been for two missed field goals against LSU, the Aggies would already have won an SEC West title and could be playing for the crystal football in Miami Gardens on Jan. 7.

They were that close. 

Seals-Jones and Evans—both of whom are 6'5"—will create major mismatches in the SEC. Opposing secondaries will have to pay attention to each of them, which will result in more running lanes for "Johnny Football."

Texas A&M isn't a flash in the pan. The Aggies are a true SEC West and national title contender.