Seales has drawn raves from Gundy since last August, when he and Hays were the “other” receivers in a class marked by more high-profile recruits at the position. A two-star prospect and another late take, Seales had to wait his turn down in Port Arthur, Texas, at Memorial High.
“My junior year, we had a lot of stars on the team, they didn't really showcase me that much,” Seales said. “But my senior year, I really got it together. I had a great senior year.
“It was kind of frustrating, but God always has a plan for you. And he had a plan for me to show up my senior year.”
Eventually, the Cowboys showed up, too, offering a scholarship.
It was a similar situation with Childs last winter. OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton liked Childs, but the Cowboys didn't have room for him in the class, until Joseph Randle opted to jump to the NFL. Now Childs is in play for some touches behind Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland.
“Jemal Singleton stayed in touch and told me they really wanted me,” Childs said last February. “He said, ‘As soon as we have a scholarship available, we're offering it to you.'
“And as soon as Joseph Randle decided to go in the draft, he called me the same day.”
Hays had to wait even longer.
“I woke up, watched all my friends sign,” Hays said. “I always thought I was going to be up there signing, too. And I wanted to play Division I football, so I didn't sign with somebody else.
“I knew if Coach Monken called, it would be to offer me a scholarship. When he called, I just ran out in the hallway. I got an adrenaline rush.
“I called my dad, he came up and we signed the (letter of intent) and faxed it back in about two minutes. It was cool.”
Hays had been hurt in his junior season, when players typically solidify their stature, leading to commitments the following summer.
As a senior, he produced, turning 55 receptions into 1,060 yards and 14 touchdowns for a Reagan team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He earned Class 5A All-State notice by the San Antonio Express-News, yet scant notice from major college recruiters.
“I was trying to get him to walk on for god's sake,” Monken said.
Yet on signing day, with a scholarship to give, Monken called Hays out of class.
“It's unfortunate that they're offering kids so early and don't get to see kids all the way through their senior year,” Hays said. “But that's how it is nowadays. I think the best thing to do is keep playing and do as much as you can.
“And sometimes it works out.”
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