Cal Remains High on Two-Way Standout's List

Escondido (Calif.) running back Ricky Seale has interest and scholarship offers from many Pac-10 schools, and that interest comes on both sides of the ball, as a running back and a cornerback. Cal was among his first offers. The Bears are recruiting him at running back, and Cal remains high on Seale's list..

Escondido (Calif.) running back/cornerback Ricky Seale (5-9, 185) is holding steady at nine scholarship offers as he approaches his final season of prep football.

The versatile two-way threat is coming off a stellar junior season on offense, but defensively, Seale has caught the attention of numerous schools.

"A lot of schools like me as a defensive back, but most of my offers are as a running back," said Seale. "USC likes me as a corner, but schools like Stanford, UCLA and Cal like me as a running back. I'm open to anything that will get me into college."

Seale participated in track this spring, and then summer school, which kept him from attending any camps or combines. He admits that may have limited some of his recruitment.

"I feel like I'm getting a lot more attention than I thought, but I probably would have gotten more attention if I had gone to camps," said Seale. "I still feel like a good amount of people are looking at me."

Seale's offers come from programs like Stanford, Cal, Washington, Washington State, Arizona and hometown San Diego State, and he's hopeful that the Los Angeles schools add their names to the list.

"Right now I'd say I like Stanford, Cal and UCLA the most," said Seale. "I got to see as many California schools as I could. I went to Stanford, UCLA and San Diego State and then I went to USC for a passing league tournament. UCLA said they'd be watching my first few games."

Seale said that those three schools are also recruiting him the hardest.

"I have a good relationship with the coaches there," said Seale. "Coach (Willie) Taggart is recruiting me at Stanford and at Cal it's Ron Gould. At UCLA, Coach (Tim) Hundley is recruiting me. All the coaches I talk to are really cool."

Seale went up to Stanford late last month and had a good trip to The Farm.

"It was great up there and Stanford was one of the first schools to offer me and really recruit me. My parents like Stanford a lot," said Seale.

Seale said he's open to play either side of the ball, though most of his damage he did was offensively.

"There are times I want to run the ball but then there are times I want to hit somebody," said Seale. "I like to hit people. I'm a physical corner. But I also want to show I can run between the tackles."

Seale finished second in San Diego County in rushing, behind state leader Tyler Gaffney, going over 2,600 yards and scoring 32 times.

Originally, Seale was hopeful of making a decision prior to his senior season, but now he's planning to wait. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to take all of my visits, and I think I'll wait until after my football season to decide," said Seale.

Academically, Seale has a 3.4 GPA and will retake the SAT in October.

Escondido opens with Calexico but faces a challenging league slate which features defending champ La Costa Canyon, who knocked them off twice last year, including the section title game.

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