Texas A&M got one of the more intriguing prospects in the nation when Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Tx. Sealy) signed with the Aggies in December and should develop nicely in Kevin Sumlin’s offense.
At 6-5 and 230 pounds Seals-Jones presents an imposing figure on the football field and the versatile Seals-Jones, who lined up all over the offense in high school, should mature into a top-notch wide receiver at College Station.
With Johnny Manziel ready for an encore performance to his Heisman winning campaign in 2012, he will need a trusted weapon and target to deliver the ball to now that Ryan Swope is headed to the next level. Swope was second on the team in receiving last season in receptions and yards, but led the team with eight touchdown grabs.
Mike Evans returns after a phenomenal freshman season when he had 82 catches, 1182 yards and five touchdowns and the 6-5 Evans could be a good model for what to expect from Seals-Jones. The size and speed of Seals-Jones is present, but what he lacks is a natural feel for the wide receiver position and the little nuances that can make a good receiver great.
The bright side is that Sumlin will be able to develop those while making use of his immense potential and the tools he does possess, because when he gets the ball in his hands, he is a nightmare in the open field. His route-running needs work and he doesn’t always play as big as his measurables would suggest, but in a spread system that Sumlin runs and with Manziel making a point to find him, especially in jump ball situations, Seals-Jones can be a quality No. 2 receiver as a true freshman.
I don’t think he’ll match the numbers that Evans put up as a freshman, because he’s still so raw, but 60 receptions, 800 yards and six touchdowns sounds like a good baseline to work with.
But the big payoff comes as a sophomore when he has refined his game and developed those nuances of the position. That’s when he explodes for a monster sophomore season and potential All-America honors.
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