Escondido's (Calif.) Ricky Seale has been labeled as San Diego's next great running back since he…
Ricky Seale, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound four-star running back/defensive back from Escondido, Calif., has no new scholarship offers outside of Arizona, California and Stanford. He hasn't visited any of them yet. Seale, ranked as the No. 19 running back in the country by Scout.com, plans to attend several camps during the summer including UCLA, USC, California and Stanford. "I never grew up following a specific school," Seale said. "But I've always like the Pac-10 and would love to play in the Pac-10." Seale says his first scholarship offer was from Stanford last December. "I like them because they are an up-and-coming program," he said. "I think they are building up and are just a few more players away from being back on the map." Another plus for the Cardinal is their academic reputation. "They have a really good degree and alumni support," he said. "You graduate from there and you know you'll get a job." He says his parents like Stanford the most. Stanford may have been Seale's first offer, but he says that California is recruiting him the hardest. "They have a great tradition at running back," he said. "They always seem to have great running backs coming out of Cal. "I like their offense a lot and I think I'd be able to fit in well," he said. "They said I'm their type of running back and they can see me being their next great runner." Seale is also hearing a lot from Arizona. "I think that Arizona is close to being a winning team," he said. "They're pretty good already and I think they just need a few more players to really establish themselves in the Pac-10. "I really want to go to a program that is in the middle of things," he said. "A program that is really making a move or is on the rise. I want to be a factor for the team and not have to redshirt if I don't have to. I'd love to go in and make a big impact on the program." Seale says he's going to wait until after his senior season to make a decision. "I want to weight all my options and not rush into anything," he said. "I'll wait until after the season to commit." While most schools are recruiting Seale as a running back, he says that USC is pursuing him as a cornerback. "They asked me if I think I could play corner," he said. "They want me on defense but they said they want to see me play some defense before they actually offer. I'm going to play some defense this season, so we'll see. "I like USC because they are a winning team," he said. "They know how to win and they always produce great players." Seale finished his junior season with 2,600 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns. "I think I have the ability to cut and see the second hole," he said. "I have great vision and have the ability to keep my feet moving. "It takes more than one person to tackle me," Seale said. "I play hard-nosed and love to hit." He says he can bench 285-pounds and squats 520. "I want to keep working on my footwork coming out of the backfield," Seale said. "I want to improve my moves and get a better burst overall." He also runs track (10.8 100m, 20-8 long jump). Seale plans on majoring in sports medicine and reports a 3.3 core GPA and took the SAT on May 2.
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