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A few minutes ago, Max Olson, part of ESPN's "HornsNation" crew primarily covering Texas recruiting, posted an image on twitter of two written offers to Ricky Seals-Jones, the 4/5* athlete from Sealy, Texas, from the coaching staffs at Baylor and LSU. Those two schools feature prominently as of this moment in RSJ's recruitment, along with Texas, Texas A&M, and possibly Oregon (he has offers from everyone). Written offers by themselves are relatively unspectacular; if that was all the picture was, I wouldn't post about it here. Looking more closely at it, however, I noticed something in the bottom right-hand corner of the Baylor offer that looked like a handwritten note. The documents pictured look to be copies of faxes, so some quality is lost. Take a look at the large version for yourself before you read on.
See what I mean? There was something written by hand on the original fax, and to me, it looks like a note directly to "Rick," who I can only assume is Ricky Seals-Jones himself. Making out the rest of the text is somewhat difficult, particularly what I believe to be the first word on the second line. Having looked at it a little while now, I will venture a guess: I think it says "Rick, come join your boy Mike!"
"Mike" refers, I believe, to RSJ's cousin, Baylor freshman Shamycheal Chatman. Chatman also hails from Sealy and signed as part of Baylor's 2012 class. The idea that Baylor might try to use that connection to recruit RSJ is hardly novel; just about everyone who pays attention to Baylor recruiting suggested that approach right off the bat. Still, this is the first indication-- if my reading is correct, obviously-- that it is definitely happening. Will it bear fruit? I have no idea. The fact that RSJ has managed to stay uncommitted this long after deciding to decommit from Texas in June is definitely a good thing, but I wouldn't call Baylor the favorite by any means. In a subsequent tweet, Olson stated that RSJ is "putting recruitment on the backburner (sic)" to focus on his senior season, so we might not know anything anytime soon.