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May 22, 2011Although they won't officially sign letters of intent for another 621 days, it's not too early to start thinking about rankings as it relates to the Class of 2013 in the state of Texas. With summer camps less than a month away and with fall just around the corner, the names of tomorrow are about to become the names of today in the blink of an eye.
All that being said, it's time to unveil the first set of Lone Star Recruiting Rankings for the Class of 2013.
The battle for the top spot in the rankings came down to a discussion between five players - Sealy athlete Ricky Seals-Jones, Whitewright quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, Killeen Harker Heights offensive lineman/defensive tackle Darius James, Rosenberg Terry athlete Derrick Griffin and Forth Worth Arlington Heights offensive lineman/defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson.
With no clear-cut selection for the top spot, the initial No.1 spot in the rankings goes to Seals-Jones - the 6-5, 215-pound dynamo who scored 11 touchdowns last season as a sophomore at wide receiver, while also registering eight sacks and five interceptions on defense.
"He's an incredible talent, there's no doubt about that," one college coach who recruits the state of Texas said this week when asked about Seals-Jones. "It doesn't matter where he plays or what he sport he's playing because it takes about two seconds to figure out who he is, where he is and what he can do. I didn't need three clicks with him, just one."
While there's no doubting Seals-Jones' overall upside as a prospect, the decision at the top was a close one, as every member of the top five received serious consideration for the No.1 overall ranking and at various moments in the last week, two different players (Swoopes and Robinson) sat at the top of the first two mock drafts.
"I didn't see anyone in Texas this month more impressive than Swoopes," an out of state coach mentioned this week. "He has the 'it' factor and then some. Everyone is going to make him a priority I would imagine."
Rounding out the rest of the initial top 10 is Dallas Kimball defensive tackle Justin Manning, Baytown Sterling wide receiver Jamar Gibson, Dallas Jesuit wide receiver Jake Oliver, Lake Highlights lineman Kent Perkins and Pearland Dawson running back James White.