Cal RB Target Staying Patient

Escondido's (Calif.) Ricky Seale has been labeled as San Diego's next great running back since he rushed for 150 yards in his first varsity game. The region is known for its great backs, and Seale is often considered the best since Reggie Bush. He received three official offers mid-season, including one from Cal. Cal Sports Digest caught up with him to get an update on his recruitment…

Ricky Seale (5-10, 180) has blazing speed (4.4 timed forty-yard dash), and his cuts leave defenders frozen in their tracks on the gridiron. The two-way talent – plays defensive back on defense – also runs tracks. And all those attributes add up to one of the top athletes in the state.

He rushed for an amazing 2,745 yards in 2008 with 32 touchdowns, averaging over eight yards per carry. That followed his standout sophomore season where he rushed for 2,003 yards and 22 touchdowns. He became the first San Diego area sophomore to top 1,500 yards rushing in season since Reggie Bush.

Last year, in the middle of the season, Seale says he received three offers back-to-back. Arizona, California, and Stanford offered him a scholarship. But he has not received one since. He believed his offer count would have increased after rushing for 211 yards per game last season. Nonetheless, he is staying patient and weighing his options.

"A lot of schools have been contacting me, UCLA, Washington, USC, a lot of the Pac-10, and I recently got a letter from LSU," said Seale. "I am not even sure what I want to do yet. It depends on my major and what schools fits me best.

"At the end of year, I figured I'd get more [offers]. I have been getting a lot of newsletters and a lot of the coaches have been writing me too."

Seale is not concerned with who has or hasn't offered him at this point. But he is grateful for the offers he has accumulated thus far. "I am interested in any school that wants to take me," he added.

He says the Bears, Cardinal, and Wildcats consistently stay in contact with him.

"They all stay in touch with me but they don't really talk to me about recruiting," said Seale. "They talk more about the academics and ask me about my grades. I am supposed to go to one of Stanford's junior days."

Seale is planning to visit Berkeley either this spring or summer. He says he would also like to check out UCLA and USC.

"Cal, I remember DeSean Jackson," Seale said of what he knows about the Bears. "I'm still waiting to see what happens."

Tradition, national rankings, or a perennial top 25 program are not the aspects he is focusing on when looking at colleges. He plans to major in Sports Medicine; therefore, the academic curriculum has to match. In addition, playing time will be a factor.

"You got to look at the depth chart, and also, I play on defense," said Seale. "It depends if [a school] wants me to play offense or defense. USC wants me as a corner. A couple of schools said they would let me choose [offense or defense]."

Seale says all three offers schools are recruiting him as a running back. As for what position he would prefer to play at the next level. "I'll play whatever position that helps my team win," he added.

He has a chance to shatter some records this season. A 3,000-yard season rushing the football is not out of the question. If Escondido continues to feed him the football, he could lead the state in rushing. He finished fifth last year. Fellow junior Deontae Cooper led the state with 2,948 yards in 2008. But Seale is not one for personal achievements.

"I wasn't expecting that at all," Seale said of his 2,700-plus rushing yards last season. "I had a great team last year. I just wanted to win. I had a goal set to reach the CIF title game. I wanted to win a CIF championship and do anything I could for my team to get there."

Seale is unsure which camps he will attend this year. He says it depends which ones fit his track schedule.

He reports a 3.3 GPA, and he will take the SAT this spring.

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