Azle Hornets QB Seals one of best freshmen QB in country
Weatherford sophomore quarterback Ken Seals has had a whirlwind of a week, full of possibilities, none of which will be realized until 2020.
But such is the world of recruiting.
Keeping up with Seals’ Twitter feed — from Oklahoma State on Friday, to Norman for the Sooners’ camp and a private tour of facilities on Saturday and Sunday, then down to Austin for a Texas camp on Tuesday — has been an exercise in compounding “Wow’s.” And that’s just the beginning, not only of this trip, but also of Seals’ recruitment in earnest, as his first official Division I college scholarship offer came last month from Montana State.
Take a look at how Seals and his father Robert have spent the last few days, which are actually just the first few in a two-week, cross-country recruiting camp-a-palooza.
After Texas, the pair heads to TCU on Friday, to Memphis on Sunday for a camp where more than 50 universities will have a presence, then back to Texas via Arkansas for another round of looks from college coaches at Baylor, Texas State and West Texas A&M. First, though:
Seals, a transfer from Azle who burst on the national football scene by repeating as national champion at the National Football Academies Invitational Quarterback Competition in Canton, Ohio, as a seventh- and eighth- grader, met Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy after being evaluated by the OSU staff, and stuck around for a 45-minute conversation with the 13th-year head coach, according to his father.
At Oklahoma, Seals’ tour guide was Lincoln Riley, who was named OU’s new coach Tuesday after Bob Stoops abruptly retired.
Oklahoma’s most bitter rival, Texas, was next on Seals’ itenerary. He got extra throws in after camp with Longhorn offensive coordinator Tim Beck.
That’s Ken Seals flashing the “Hook ‘Em” hand sign with one of the hottest coaching names in the college game, Tom Herman, just one year removed from being an eighth-grader. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football announced Tuesday that Herman’s image would be on the cover for its Summer 2017 statewide football preview issue.
“You’ve got to mentally pinch yourself as you’re talking to him, to make sure this is actually happening,” Seals said of talking with Herman. “That was pretty unreal. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to experience.”
Seals didn’t leave with offers, but he wasn’t expecting to. Robert Seals said that each of the three staffs broached the subject, saying that offers would most likely begin flowing after his sophomore season.
“The couple coaches I’ve gotten to talk to have told me that I’m ahead of guys in my age group, and I don’t take that lightly,” Seals said. “But you also can’t get cocky. You’ve got to keep your head on straight. They’ve also told me why a lot of them don’t give offers to freshmen, which is fine. I know I’m not old enough to be heavily recruited. I just want to get in front of colleges, get on their radar, have a good sophomore season, and then hopefully get some offers.”
Ken Seals threw for 1,414 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman at Azle. He will quarterback the Kangaroos in his sophomore season under first-year head coach Billy Mathis, the former defensive coordinator at Aledo. Mathis was hired by Weatherford in January after the Bearcats’ run to a Class 5A Division II state title in 2016.
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