Will the Cardinal "Seale" the deal?

While we haven't seen a flurry of activity in the last month, Stanford's outstanding 2010 recruiting class is far from complete and one of the more intriguing players that very well could end up in Palo Alto is record-breaking San Diego running back Ricky Seale. Read on for the latest from the slippery senior runner whose father knows a little about evaluating prospective college players.

Recruiting Update: 2010 RB Ricky Seale

With his recruitment entering the home stretch, Escondido, Calif. running back Ricky Seale is starting to narrow his focus on a trio of Pac-10 schools.


"Well I'm really liking Stanford right now," Seale said. "I'm really liking UCLA and Washington too. I'm still wide open though. I haven't really made any big decisions yet."


Seale said that those three schools are on an even playing field at this point. He has yet to take or schedule any of his official visits but hopes to visit his three favorites officially after his high school football season ends.


In the meantime, Seale has his hands full with football and an incredibly demanding senior year course load.


"I'm taking AP Government, AP Econ, AP Psychology, physics, athletic training, and Brit Lit," Seale said.


That's a lot to balance with the rigors of playing high school football, but Seale views it as a necessary precursor to the next step in his life.


"You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes," he said.


Rated a three-star running back by Scout.com, Seale has a copy of the Stanford application and has started to work on some of the essays. He reports a 3.6 GPA and retook the SAT on October 10.


Editor's Notes:


Ricky Seale is a very intriguing player, a shorter, small-frame, slippery north-south runner who can really accelerate and is hard to bring down. With his quickness, Seale compares to former Card standout Anthony Bookman, but without Book's blazing speed. He has put up some terrific numbers against somewhat suspect competition, finishing the 2008 season with an amazing 2,679 yards and 32 TDs as a junior. He actually held the San Diego Section single-season record for one week before current Cardinal freshman Tyler Gaffney passed him by on the way to becoming the state's 2008 offensive player of the year.


Just because Seale isn't rated a five-star RB by the recruiting services, don't be mistaken, this is a very good football player who could really help the Cardinal. He has offers from half the Pac-10 conference, including UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Cal. If he indeed is admitted (and he is obviously making every effort to position himself well for Stanford), he feel he would likely become part of the outstanding 2010 class. While he could potentially be a fine cornerback, he would be given every shot to prove himself as a college running back. For those of you thinking he might be a "Plan B" guy, guess again. Seale would rank well ahead of many of the current verbal commits for 2010.


The Seale family "gets it". Ricky's 46-year-old father, Sammy Seale, was born in Barbados and played running back at Western Colorado. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders and enjoyed a solid 10-year career in the NFL with the Raiders, Chargers, and Rams from 1984-1993, including several years as a full-time starter at cornerback with the Chargers. The elder Seale is currently in his 14th year as a West Coast scout for the Green Bay Packers.

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