Seals-Jones, perhaps Texas A&M’s top 2013 target since Sumlin took over in Aggieland almost a year ago, is a 6-5, 220-pound game-changer. Tall, fast and physical, Ricky is as versatile, athletic and imposing as any prospect in the country.
Once considered an ‘athlete’ by college coaching staffs around the country, most of the big-time programs recruiting the unique talent from Sealy — a list that included Oregon, USC, Oklahoma, LSU, Notre Dame and Texas — came to the realization that the best way to utilize his size and sub-4.6 speed was to let him go get the football as as a receiver.
A longtime Longhorn commitment, Ricky ultimately chose the Aggies over LSU. The state’s No. 1-ranked recruit and a legit two-sport star, Seals-Jones is a matchup nightmare in the same mold as some of today’s jumbo-sized NFL wide-outs.
Like A&M sophomore Mike Evans, Seals-Jones is a tall, long strider with a basketball background that allows him to go up and over defenders to snatch the football — either in the red zone or on deep sideline fades — and to “box out” would-be cover men in one-on-one situations. His tremendous body control, soft hands and a frame that is as big as any receivers’ in the college game, make Seals-Jones as uniquely talented at the position as Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham, last year’s No. 1 ranked national recruit.
Jones starred at quarterback and safety for Sealy. When running from the backfield, his athletic skill and top-end talent are obvious. On defense, he hits like a linebacker and shows no fear of contact. He also has terrific range in coverage. Seals-Jones' next-level athletic skills, prototypical size, versatility and understanding of the game, blends into an all-around talent capable of immediately adding a whole new dimension to the Aggie offense.
Ricky became a household name for recruiters as a sophomore in 2010 when he caught 31 passes for 512 yards and 11 touchdowns while also racking up 70 tackles, 8 sacks and 5 interceptions. As a junior quarterback last season he totaled 1,245 rushing yards and 15 TDs on just 114 carries and accounted for just over 2,000 yards of total offense. He again picked off five passes as a safety. Last fall, the Tigers’ star was off to an outstanding start before he suffered a knee injury during a nationally-televised game in September. That cost him six weeks of his senior season, yet he was still named first team All-District and to the U.S. Army All-American team.
Stats2010: 31 receptions for 512 yards and 11 TDs; 72 tackles, 8 sacks, 5 INTs
2011 114 carries for 1,245 yards and 15 TDs; 761 passing yards and 8 TDs; 68 tackles, 5 INTs
2012: 8-of-20 passing for 119 yards and 1 TD; 12 carries for 213 yards and 3 TDs; 5 receptions for 49 yards and 1 TD; 1 INT returned for a TD
Honors2011: 24-3A MVP
2012: U.S. Army All-American; 25-3A First Team All-District