Five-star prospect Ricky Seals-Jones moved his commitment east Monday — just not far enough east to suit LSU fans.
Seals-Jones made his decision official, choosing Texas A&M over LSU.
A former Texas commitment, Seals-Jones (6-foot-5 and 230 pounds) decided to stay in-state with the program that sits about an hour north of his hometown of Sealy, Texas, instead of moving to LSU.
Despite the earlier decommitment, 24/7 Sports recruiting analyst Shea Dixon of Geaux 24/7 expects this decision to be final.
“I think this time he’s going to stick with it,” Dixon said. “Since he decommitted from Texas, it’s the A&M staff that has been sticking with him the most. LSU will stay on him, but he said it’s a family decision. When recruits say that, they usually don’t waver.”
Seals-Jones is rated the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver or athlete prospect by the four major recruiting services.
Texas A&M now has a whopping 34 commitments for 2013. The Aggies rank No. 1 nationally according to Scout, No. 6 on ESPN and No. 7 by 24/7 Sports and Rivals.
LSU is No. 6 with Rivals, No. 7 with Scout, No. 8 with 24/7 Sports and No. 9 with ESPN. The Tigers have 23 commitments, including wide receiver prospects like Quantavius Leslie of Hinds (Miss.) Community College and Monroe Neville’s John Diarse whom Dixon said will more than soften the blow of missing out on Seals-Jones.
“I think the wide receiver position will be a lot like the linebacker position for LSU, with lots to choose from,” he said. “They have a lot of young guys people haven’t seen yet. Seals-Jones can make an instant impact, but so can Quantavius Leslie. They still have the ability to put a guy on the field who is a taller possession receiver.”
The news was better for LSU on the Kendell Beckwith front. Louisiana’s top prospect according to ESPN, Beckwith (6-3, 225) took his official visit to Alabama over the weekend and came back uncommitted, an indication that LSU likely still has the upper hand for the four-star athlete from East Feliciana.
“I think time is on LSU’s side,” Dixon said. “Like Seals-Jones, he’s talked about making a family decision. LSU has probably done enough for him to stay closer to home.”
Beckwith is No. 19 on the ESPN 150, No. 84 on the Rivals 100, No. 99 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 and No. 124 on the Scout 300. Beckwith said he will announce his commitment during the Under Armour All-America Game, which is Jan. 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
According to 24/7, Les Miles and quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe flew to California on Monday to reaffirm the commitment of Los Angeles Cathedral quarterback Hayden Rettig (6-3, 205). Rettig, No. 215 on the ESPN 300, is set to enroll in January with Marietta (Ga.) High quarterback Anthony Jennings (6-2, 205). Jennings is right behind Retting on the ESPN 300 at No. 216.
LSU is preparing for a big recruiting weekend, hosting the likes of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University defensive tackle Maquedis Bain (6-5, 285) and Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza safety Priest Willis (6-2, 199). They are ranked No. 43 and 50 on the ESPN 150, and Willis is No. 27 in 24/7 Sports’ rankings.