RS-J Breaks Down Favorites

The top-ranked player in the Lone Star State talks with about each program that is currently in the running to land his signature on National Signing Day.

Ricky Seals-Jones, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound 5-star wide receiver from Sealy (Texas) High was one of the most physically impressive players at The Opening presented by Nike.

His combination of size, speed and hand-eye coordination made him almost impossible to cover and he beat defensive backs in a number of ways.

"It's the good life," Seals-Jones said of the experience he had while competing against the other top players in the country while in Beaverton, Ore.

"It was real nice. The gear is nice and all of the food and drinks. I really enjoyed playing in the seven-on-seven. Just meeting all of the new players and just coming out and being with everyone and meeting everyone is a great experience. "

Throughout the course of events he thought that Shaquille Wiggins, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound corner from Tyrone, Ga., was one of the toughest competitors in the defensive backfield. The two had some spirited match-ups, but gained each others respect.

"I guess you could say 'Shaq'," he answered when asked who he thought was the best DB at The Opening. "He's pretty good."

"Shaq liked to hit me in my throat when I was coming off of the line. He likes to play a little dirty, but it's all good. We were just having fun out there."

"It showed some courage. One time I gave him a little flipper and he went flying. We all laughed about it afterwards. He got back up and got ready for the next play."

On the recruiting front, Seals-Jones made a non-binding verbal commitment to Texas out of the gates, but after much deliberation he decided to take a step back to evaluate every available option. After all, you can only go through the recruiting process "once".

"It's been alright," RS-J said of the whole recruiting process. "I have just been trying to be patient with what I have been doing. I have just been checking out some schools."

The top-rated player in Texas is currently honed in on five schools: Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Oregon and UCLA.

He has the desire to play both football and basketball in college. On the hardwood, last season he averaged nearly 33 points a game and 14 rebounds.

LSU is a school that has been there from the beginning.

"At LSU the coaching staff is great. The players came down during junior day and we were able to ask them questions about the campus and they answered everything. They have great facilities. That just seems like a great campus and a great place to be at."

Texas A&M is the second SEC school RS-J talked about.

"Same as LSU. It is a great atmosphere, a great coaching staff and great academics. It would just be a great place to be. They have a new coaching staff coming in and basically a whole new program."

One of the newest schools to join his list is UCLA.

"I just want to check out UCLA and just see what it is all about in California. I have not been up there yet, but I am trying to make that trip out there just to see how it is and what the campus is like and the coaching staff is like."

UO was near enough to think about visiting while he was in the state, but he concentrated on taking care of his business on the field and will try to get back out to see them with one of his five official visits.

"I didn't get a chance to go (while at The Opening), but I am probably going to come back for that one. I am going to try. Same as UCLA. I like the weather and I really like the atmosphere, so I definitely want to come back and see what Oregon is about."

Texas is still definitely in the mix to re-gain Seals-Jones' signature. But it is not a matter of them having to prove anything to him about the school, the program or how they see him fitting in with either sport.

"They really don't have to do anything. It is all about me taking my time and being patient about it and talking to my parents. I am just being patient. I am in no rush. They are a great school, great coaching staff and it is great place to be. Right now it is all up to me. I am just taking my time with it."

As a junior in 2011, Seals-Jones starred on both sides of the ball for Sealy and was named District MVP after racking up over 1,000 yards of offense and scoring 17 touchdowns.

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