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November 19, 2012

Seals-Jones appreciates honor of Army Bowl invite

MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl

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 question.

"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.



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