After a summer which saw one of the nation’s most highly-touted wide receivers in the 2013 class– Sealy’s Ricky Seals-Jones– de-commit from the Texas Longhorns, there has been plenty of uncertainty among those who follow the program closely about where Mack Brown and his staff stand with the can’t miss prospect.
After his de-commitment, Seals-Jones (known in college football recruiting circles as RSJ) received plenty of, let’s say, negative feedback– from the Internet and beyond. Some folks even went so far to offer death threats to RSJ via Twitter and other mediums. It’s been a rough summer for the young man, but things are starting to become a little more clear for him, at least on the recruiting front.
While it’s hardly certain RSJ will eventually commit to Texas, it appears the Longhorns are still at the top of his list. In spite of visits setup for him to visit both the LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies at different times during the SEC season this fall, RSJ told Texas-focused blog Burnt Orange Nation he was still leaning heavily toward Austin:
Texas is still No. 1.
They’re still No. 1 but it’s just mixed up still. When I sit down and talk to my parents and coach and make that decision, that’s when I’ll really know where I’m going to go. It’s all mixed up after that but it’s probably LSU or A&M after that.
LSU and A&M are obviously still in the mix for RSJ’s services– a fact which should be somewhat heartening to them given his bizarre recruitment process– but it’s also obvious they’ll have some sales work to do to get him to move off of the Longhorns and consider them more deeply than he is currently.
Trips to Baton Rouge and College Station both, however, could do just that given they are two of the most intriguing and exciting atmospheres in college football– in their own way.
75% is an encouraging number for Mack Brown and his staff.
Now they have to do whatever it takes to ramp that up to 100% when national signing day rolls around next February.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Kris is also the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.