Tyrone Swoopes didn’t see it coming, either.
The Texas quarterback commit from Whitewright, Texas, has developed a strong relationship with Ricky Seals-Jones through their time playing AAU basketball and during the recruiting process this spring.
So when Swoopes got word that Seals-Jones was decommitting from Texas on Tuesday, he had to admit the move caught him off-guard.
“I’m a little surprised,” Swoopes said. “I told him I would respect his decision if he does want to decommit, but it would be good for him if he would stay just because we can do great things at Texas with our recruiting class, and he’s a big part of it.
“He said Texas is still No. 1 but he just wanted to see what other schools had to offer. I told him I respect that.”
Seals-Jones’ decision was particularly surprised considering its timing. The top-ranked receiver had just worked out with Swoopes and the rest of Texas’ commits during UT’s first camp on Sunday.
“He seemed pretty happy the whole time,” Swoopes said. “He didn’t really say or do anything to make me think he’d want to decommit.”
Texas fans have long been looking forward to the pairing of Seals-Jones with Swoopes, the top quarterback recruit in the ESPN 150. They’re the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked recruits in the state of Texas.
One thing is for sure: The loss of Seals-Jones will have no effect on Swoopes’ pledge.
“I still want to go to Texas, and that’s pretty much it,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere.”
There’s still a possibility Seals-Jones could end up sticking with Texas, and Swoopes hopes he will reach that decision.
“I think it would mean a lot, because he’s a good athlete and a good person,” he said. “It would be good to have him back.”
But Texas’ future quarterback also said he won’t put any pressure on Seals-Jones.
He’ll leave the nation’s No. 7 recruit alone for a while, because Swoopes knows that’s what he’d want if he were reconsidering his commitment.
“I wouldn’t want people to try to pressure me into doing anything I don’t want to do,” Swoopes said. “I’m going to let him make his own decision. Whatever he decides to do, I’ll be happy for him.”