UT hits big speed bump on recruiting trail
June, 6, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPNDallas.com
It's not every day that any recruit decommits from Texas.
It's even rarer that the nation's No. 1 receiver reneges on the Longhorns.
That's what Ricky Seals-Jones has done, though, just two days after attending a camp in Austin with the rest of the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class, HornsNation reports.
It is believed that this decision could have something to do with his desire to play both football and basketball in college, which LSU and Baylor both have given him the option to do. When reached by phone Tuesday night, Eric Thomas, Seals-Jones' AAU basketball coach, had no comment on Seals-Jones' decision.
Texas isn't out of the Seals-Jones sweepstakes just yet, but the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder, who is rated the nation's No. 7 overall recruit, has reopened his recruitment with a host of other schools. The Sealy, Texas, native shocked many recruiting experts with his decision, but fellow commits weighed in and weren't too worried about the news.
Texas four-star quarterback pledge Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) has perhaps the strongest relationship with Seals-Jones of the Longhorn commits, and he reached out to Seals-Jones on Tuesday evening to offer his support.
"I'm a little surprised," Swoopes said. "I told him I would respect his decision if he does want to decommit, but it would be good for him if he would stay just because we can do great things at Texas with our recruiting class, and he's a big part of it.
"He said Texas is still No. 1 but he just wanted to see what other schools had to offer. I told him I respect that."
Still, pretty surprising stuff. Texas now has 14 commits for its class, whose members can't sign letters of intent until national signing day in February.