Sealy, Texas knows a little something about special talent.
In 1978 a talented running back by the name of Eric Dickerson rushed for 2,642
yards and 37 TDs to lead Sealy to a 2A state title on his way to Parade
All-America honors. Then in 1997, Sealy became the first Texas high school
football team to claim four consecutive state championships at any level.
Sealy's history is storied and its tradition is proud, and its talent is known
all the way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. When people say
there's a special talent in Sealy it tends to get your attention.
It did not take long for people around the small town just west of Houston to
figure out 6-foot-5, 220-pound
Ricky Seals-Jones was gifted. Over the
years he has proven himself to be by raking in yards, touchdowns and honors far
and wide as a two-way starter for the Tigers.
On Monday, Ricky Seals-Jones, wrote a new chapter in the Sealy history book, as
he was announced as the school's first-ever U.S. Army All-American.
"It's great. It feels good. It's a big achievement, a big honor," Seals-Jones
said. "Not too many people get the recognition of being invited to this game.
You have to really be great at what you're doing and I think my hard work and
dedication has paid off. I'm just honored to be a part of it and represent my
community, my family, my coaches, and my teammates, and show San Antonio and the
World what little Sealy is about."
The Rivals100 standout was announced as an Army All-American in a packed Sealy
High School auditorium in front of his teachers, coaches and classmates. He was
quick to thank them all for helping him achieve his highest goals, and thanked
the Army for the opportunity.
It was easy to see the honor of the experience was not lost on Seals-Jones. In
fact one of the main reasons he chose to compete in the game was to honor his
grandfather, Ricky Ray Seals.
"My grandfather served in the Army and the Army reserves for 27 years and he
would definitely be proud of me," Seals-Jones said surrounded by family.
Showing everyone what Sealy can do is something high on his list of priorities,
but he is mainly looking forward to being around guys from across the country
who have quickly become his friends.
"Meeting all the guys again and just having fun and working out and playing the
game. Just having fun I guess," Seals-Jones said." You really don't get to see
them, you talk to them on Twitter. I talk to Derrick Green, awhile back
when I got hurt he hit me up on Twitter. DeSean Smith from Louisiana,
when I was down there he was at the game. Just seeing those guys again and
having fun and kicking it. That's really it."
As one of the most highly sought prospects in the game he will have many eyes
watching over him, but just which fanbase will be cheering him on is still up in
the air. On the recruiting front Seals-Jones has narrowed his list to two --
LSU and Texas A&M. He says he has a favorite but he is not
ready to tip his hand. Right now he is quick to point out both schools will give
him a chance to succeed.
"Each school is great," Seals-Jones said. "Their campuses are great. Both
schools are great. I just have to find which one's right for me."
When will he let the world know about his college future?
"Probably after Thanksgiving or right before I leave for the Army Bowl,"
Seals-Jones said. "I want to get it out of the way so I don't have anything to
worry about and I can just focus on that game."
Then again making an announcement at the Army Bowl is not completely out of the
"No, I'm not going to do it there, or I might," Seals-Jones said with a smile.
"You never know."
As usual, Seals-Jones shows his ability to keep everyone on the edge of their
seat waiting for the next step.