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July 10, 2013

30 in 30: RSJ brings his unique skills to A&M

For the second consecutive year, AggieYell.com is marking the progress towards the start of fall camp with its 30 players in 30 days feature on the most important players to Texas A&M's success in 2013. The list continues with number 25, Ricky Seals-Jones.

Position: wide receiver
Classification: true freshman
Height/Weight: 6'5", 225 lbs.
2012 Statistics (at Sealy High School): 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

Why he's on the list: The number of areas where Seals-Jones contributed last year at Sealy gives you an idea of his versatility, but he missed most of the year with a knee injury. In 2011, his totals were astounding: 114 carries for 1,245 yards and 15 TDs; 761 passing yards and 8 TDs; 68 tackles and 5 INTs.

Those numbers are fantastic, but when you add in that he is, as mentioned, 6 feet, 5 inches tall and probably now over 230 pounds, you begin to get the idea of just how special RSJ is.

The Aggies already have a very big, very fast and very versatile receiver in Mike Evans, but Seals-Jones may already be bigger, faster and nearly as strong as he arrives on campus. He is, however, not a seasoned wideout at this point, which may hold him back some early in the season.

At some point, however, RSJ will join Evans in causing matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. Both players are strong enough to play in the slot and outrun linebackers or safeties; they're also too physical for corners on the outside. As a result, look for him to play both in the slot and on the outside.

When will Seals-Jones truly "arrive" as a weapon in the Aggie offense? It depends on how quickly he picks up his routes, but it may be sooner as opposed to later. His excellent performance in 7-on-7 play this summer caught the attention of older teammates and earned him an impressive compliment: "Freak". He may not be extremely high on this list in 2013, but odds are he will be in the future.

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