SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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58. Ricky Seals-Jones, RS-Frosh., WR, Texas A&M
There aren’t many wideouts in the SEC as gifted as the Aggies’ top option, but whether or not he can be an impact No. 1 ala Mike Evans remains a mystery. Seals-Jones has endured a rough start in College Station highlighted by a season-ending injury and offseason arrest, but the former five-star recruit will enter fall practice as a projected starter at full-strength barring any issues between now and then.
What Seals-Jones lacks in speed he makes up for with strength and athleticism, a field-stretcher whose frame closely resembles former SEC standouts Alshon Jeffery and Dorial Green-Beckham. Like each of those players, Seals-Jones can haul in lobs over the top of smaller defensive backs with reliable hands. A&M’s tallest receiver at 6-foot-5, Seals-Jones will become the go-to option in the red zone for Texas A&M’s inexperienced group of underclassmen quarterbacks.
Building a talent-rich monster under coach Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M will have plenty of weapons on offense despite losing its top yardage producers at quarterback, running back and wide receiver and Seals-Jones should be in for a special season paired with fellow star freshman Speedy Noil. Each player brings a very different skill set to the table, but both fit in nicely as scoring threats in the Air Raid.
2013 statistics: 3 catches, 84 yards, TD (received medical redshirt after knee surgery in September)
2014 projection: 44 catches, 748 yards, 7 TD
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