SoCal RB down to four Pac-10 finalists

Two teams (Stanford and Washington) are having surprisingly strong seasons. One (Cal) had a surprisingly poor showing last weekend, while not surprisingly little is known about one (UCLA) final school. Ultimately, though, it'll be a surprise for whichever of these four programs lands Ricky Seale, as the SoCal RB has been careful not to tip his hand thus far. What does he tell The Bootleg? Read on!

Standing at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds with a reported 40 time of 4.45, RB Ricky Seale (Escondido, Calif.) is's No. 28 tailback in the 2010 class, a solid three-star prospect. While most of Seale's nine offers come from schools recruiting him as a future running back, other schools, such as USC, see the senior as a future cornerback or safety. (The Trojans have not offered Seale, though they are recruiting him.) Seale says that though he prefers running back, he is open to whatever gets him on the field, and right now, four colleges have the best shot at landing Seale come National Signing Day.

"My favorites are Stanford, Cal, UCLA and Washington and I haven't picked a fifth yet," Seale said in a Monday night interview with

A potential fifth favorite would make setting the itinerary for official visits that much easier for Seale, as high school recruits are allowed five official visits.

Like many of his peers, Seale is slowing down his recruitment in the fall because of high school football.

"[My recruitment] is pretty much the same, because we started the season a few weeks ago. I've just been sticking to high school football, not college football."

The one-thing-at-a-time approach seems to be paying off for Seale, whose Escondido Cougars have yet to score fewer than 30 points in a game this season.

"I'm doing well – I don't know my stats, but we're 3-0 and that's all that matters," Seale said.

The uncertainty over his exact totals is understandable, as Seale has put up monster numbers thus far in 2009. Seale has ran for at least 170 yards and multiple scores in each of the Cougars' three games this season, pushing his season totals to 596 yards on 67 carries, an 8.9 yard per-carry average, and 12 touchdowns.

Even amidst a recruiting landscape dotted with high schoolers with PlayStation-esque numbers, Seale's stats stand out, and colleges would benefit from a fraction of that production on the collegiate level. Unfortunately for his four finalists, however, Seale is not planning on making an announcement any time soon.

"I'm going to wait until the season's over, and maybe decide not until Signing Day," Seale said.

In the meanwhile, Seale is careful not to tip his hand. He says he doesn't have a leader of his four candidate schools, and adds that they all contact him about the same amount. He mentions that he's following his prospective teams' seasons, albeit with a grain of salt.

"Just because some of the teams might have a lot of seniors, [this year's results] could be a little deceiving," Seale said. "I'm not worried about their record, I'm more worried about people coming or staying. .. I really wouldn't like to redshirt if I have the choice not to."

Projecting into the next few seasons, Stanford's depth chart in the secondary is considerably less crowded than its (or most schools') depth chart at tailback, but Seale tempers his above comments by quickly mentioning that he's not afraid of competition. In fact, watching Stanford and Toby Gerhart run through, around and over Washington planted a seed of a thought in his imagination.

"Not to take anything away from Stanford's win, but you have to think: Washington just played USC, and that was a big, tough hard-fought game, and so Washington probably had nicks and injuries," Seale said by way of disclaimer. "But when I saw Toby Gerhart run for 200 yards, I did think: ‘What if that were me?'"

Seale has yet to start his Stanford application, as he says he hasn't yet received one from the staff. He is taking the SAT this month, sports a 3.6 GPA and is enrolled in three AP courses: economics, government and psychology.

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