Commitment Analysis: Ricky Seals-Jones

Texas landed one of the top players on its board Wednesday, when Ricky Seals-Jones picked the Longhorns.

Everyone is quick to try and find the best position for the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Ricky Seals-Jones, which can be difficult when watching his film. For Sealy, he does it all, spending most of his time at quarterback and at safety. Some people think his body will blow up once he hits a college weight room and that you have to project him as a 240-plus pound player. With his rangy frame, it isn't hard to see him as a game-breaking tight end, i.e. Antonio Gates, or as a future terror off the edge on defense.

But that's why coaches get the big money, and the Texas staff projects Seals-Jones as a wide receiver. He could be a terror there, either on the inside or the outside. On the inside, he projects much the way that a split-out tight end would. Seals-Jones would be an absolute nightmare for linebackers with his speed and body control, and his size and frame would make it virtually impossible for safeties to deal with him. On the outside, Seals-Jones projects as a big-bodied wideout who could make hay in the intermediate passing game, then could beat people over the top on one-on-one balls.

Either way, Seals-Jones is a weapon that the Texas staff is going to be able to utilize, and as one of the state's top basketball players, you can tell the kind of player you're getting from a body control and overall athlete standpoint. In that, Texas is getting one of the top two athletes in the class (with the other being Derrick Griffin, headed to Texas A&M).

And he fits well into a class that has quickly filled up on offensive firepower. Seals-Jones said after last year's summer camp that he was enamored with the ability displayed by Tyrone Swoopes, and now he'll be catching passes from the Whitewright five-star. Kyle Hicks is an all-purpose back who can help in the passing game, and Jake Oliver is another big receiver who can stretch the field. Add in offensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson, and the Texas offense — the group needing the biggest improvement — has seen a huge boost in talent.

And Seals-Jones might be the best get yet. Wednesday, Texas picked up a five-star athlete, one who could play any number of positions, and who could certainly excel at the wide receiver position the Longhorns have picked for him.


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