For centuries, big family decisions have been made around kitchen tables.
And Ricky Seals-Jones, the state of Texas's No. 1 prospect, came to a realization on Sunday while sitting around the family meal place.
"I know where I want to go," Seals-Jones told his parents. "I told them, 'don't tell anybody.'"
In the end, at the traditional setting for important discussions, Seals-Jones chose a tradition-laden program in picking Texas A&M. In landing the talented athlete from Sealy, Texas A&M brought home the country's top wide receiver, adding him to an already loaded wide receiver class.
"He was happy," Seals-Jones said of Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.
And Sumlin might not be sharing Seals-Jones with Aggie basketball coach Billy Kennedy. Long thought to be a football-basketball guy, Seals-Jones said he was trying to decide whether or not to play both sports at the next level.
"I'm still thinking on that," Seals-Jones said. "Probably not. I'll probably be a football guy."
It was the atmosphere around the football team that drew Seals-Jones to the Aggies.
"In the locker room … everybody was messing around, having a good time," Seals-Jones said. "Everybody was like a big family."
Seals-Jones said his future quarterback Johnny Manziel, freshman quarterback Matt Davis and transfer running back Brandon Williams all kept in touch as he was making his decision. And when Manziel won the Heisman Trophy over the weekend, Seals-Jones said he took notice … especially with Johnny Football having three more years to air out passes to the 6-foot-5, 230-pound receiver.
Of course, to see the field, Seals-Jones will have to battle through not just a talented roster with players like Mike Evans, but also other outside receiver recruits — that's where Seals-Jones was recruited to play — like Derrick Griffin, Quincy Adeboyejo, Kyrion Parker and fellow December commitment Jaquay Williams.
But Seals-Jones is plenty familiar with pressure. Just look at his recruiting process, with pretty much every school in the country seeking out his talents.
"It was crazy," Seals-Jones said. "You get a lot of phone calls. All the coaches call you, or they shoot you a text, Twitter or Facebook and they come to the school and get you out of class.
"I don't mind that," Seals-Jones quipped. "It's a lot of hassle, but it's fun at the same time."
Seals-Jones was originally committed to Texas, but saw the process drag out longer than probably he, or his coach wanted it to.
"We're as happy as we can be for him," Sealy head coach Jimmie Mitchell said. "I wish we could have gotten this over for him earlier, but we didn't. I'm happy that he's solid now and we're rolling with it."
And solid he is. When asked about his commitment status, Seals-Jones responded "this isn't going to change."
"It feels good," Seals-Jones said. "Now I can focus on basketball."
He said his basketball season was going well, especially now that he's fully recovered from knee and ankle injuries that ravaged his senior football season.
Seals-Jones pays attention to recruiting rankings, and he said he had noticed that A&M's recent talent surge — the Aggies have landed was pushing the Aggies up the team rankings. And he said it was an indicator of the caliber of talent that's starting to accumulate in College Station.
"We're going to try and work hard to get national championship to A&M," Seals-Jones said.