Published March 5, 2013 - 8:30am
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SDS has already looked at the top 25 players for 2012, and now with National Signing Day in the books, let’s look at the top newcomers in the SEC for 2013. Predicting the top newcomers is often very tough, and these aren’t just merely rankings of the top players. We’re going to look at what type of impact they’ll make and where they’ll make it.
No. 15 – Ricky Seals-Jones, ATH, Texas A&M
From: Sealy, TX (Sealy)
Size: 6-5, 230 pounds, 4.6 40
The Skinny: Someone said Texas A&M needed pass catchers to help in 2013, and Kevin Sumlin signed five of them, along with arguably the top prospect in the state of Texas in athlete Ricky Seals-Jones. RSJ is listed as an uber-athlete, but several think he will grow into a hybrid tight end in the future who can create mismatches with linebackers and can line up with his hand up or down. But for his first year and the near future, Seals-Jones will make an impact in some facet on offense. Anytime a team lands the state’s top player like the Aggies did with Jones, it’s a big lift for the program and creates even more momentum for the future.
What Texas A&M is getting: The Aggies are getting a Cam Newton-like play-maker, only he’s not a quarterback. But Seals-Jones can play a number of positions, and he’ll start out at wide receiver. You can think Dorial Green-Beckham, only with less hype and a bigger frame. Seals-Jones could line up in the Wildcat; he’s that athletic. You give him a quarterback like Johnny Manziel lined up opposite of one of the best receivers in the SEC in Mike Evans, and you will create mismatches. And Kevin Sumlin and his offense are bosses when it comes to mismatches. RSJ has the frame and the vertical prowess to go up and make the big catch, along with knowing what to do with it after he catches it. If you thought Mike Evans was a redzone target with a big frame, wait until Seals-Jones develops.
Other impact newcomers:
- No. 16 Leon Brown, Alabama
- No. 17 Fred Ross, Mississippi State
- No. 18 Tray Matthews, Georgia
- No. 19 Jonathan Allen, Alabama
- No. 20 Ben Bradley, Auburn
- No. 21 Alex Anzalone, Florida
- No. 22 Carl Lawson, Auburn
- No. 23 Frank Herron, LSU
- No. 24 Larenz Bryant, South Carolina
- No. 25 Ryan Timmons, Kentucky
Photo Credit: Thomas Campbell