Seals Plays Big Role in Wolves Recent Success

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Houston Westside quarterback Otis Seals. This is a TPI Premium article.

Year in and year out, District 20-5A in the Lone Star State is an uphill battle each week. There are no gimmes when it comes to these six teams going at each other's throats.

After last weeks game, the Westside team is in a position of strength after a 40-22 victory over Bellaire at Butler Stadium last Saturday afternoon. While there were many players who stepped up for the Wolves, one could say that the unofficial player of the game was quarterback Otis Seals.

In the win, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Seals completed over 83 percent of his passes and threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns to two different wide receivers. What makes this even more impressive is that Seals is still learning the position he plays.

"I wasn't always a quarterback I was turned into one about a year ago. It took a lot of work over the summer, but I'm here now," a confident Seals said. "We just clinched a playoff spot so this win is huge. Our goal is to go far in the playoffs and make something happen this year."

And behind the play of Seals, that could become reality. 

On the first drive of the game, Seals wasted no time setting the tone of the game. On third down, he found his receiver Jamarcus Williams streaking along the sideline and Seals connected with him on a 74-yard touchdown. Williams caught two touchdowns from Seals on the day.

"I saw him get behind the safeties on a good route and I was able to get him the ball," Seals said. "It also helps to have good protection from the offensive line."

Through eight games, Seals has generated for than an adequate share of Westside's total offensive yards. In the passing category, Seals has thrown for 1,0409 yards and 10 touchdowns to only three interceptions. 

On the ground, he has 445 yards and another four scores.

Play on this level will likely get the attention of college recruiters. So what the word on Seals?

"I don't have any offers right now and I just have a few small schools looking me," Seals said. "I can't really think of them right now, but there are some."

Naturally after accounting for 30 touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards of offense during his junior campaign, surely there is some schools coming after him. So while Seals was being a bit modest, we followed up with coach Mark Byrd to get the low down.

"He (Seals) is hearing from TCU and Houston. Both teams want him as an athlete," Byrd said. "Neither have offered, but we'll see how things go, but the interest is there."

This Friday at Butler Stadium, Westside will take on district rival Madison.


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