Port Arthur, Texas is a big breeding ground for entertainment and sports. Rappers Pimp C and Bun B easily ring a bell like Sunday’s at 12 O’clock on the entertainment side. The sports side? Add NBA champion Stephen Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs speed demon Jamaal Charles and newly minted New England Patriot linebacker Elandon Roberts to that list.
We’ve also got another guy: Jhajuan Seales.
Straight out of Oklahoma State, Seales made his presence known at OSU in 2013 after a redshirt year in 2012. The wide receiver started every game in 2013, finishing the season third in receiving yards and receptions in the Cowboys’ Cotton Bowl season.
“You know we breed a lot of athletes out of that area,” Seales said. “To be doing something special for your community and then going back and everyone showing you love its a great thing.”
Coincidentally, Seales was a high school teammate of Elandon Roberts. Before last year’s NFL Draft, Roberts told me that he could see himself becoming the next Ray Lewis on the field. In fact he said he thinks he could be better. “One day in this NFL when I retire, I’m hoping to be on top of Ray Lewis,” he said.
“I actually watch them before every game,” he said. “It’s crazy because some of my teammates like William Jackson will say ‘man, who hit us with those Ray Lewis speeches, you be having me ready.’ Everything I say is really coming from me. They didn’t look at me like ‘he’s trying to be like Ray Lewis.’ They looked at me and said ‘this kid is really like this…this kid is crazy.”
Watching Roberts win a Super Bowl in his rookie year is impressive to Seales. “It inspires me a lot,” said Seales. “He went out in his first year and won a ring starting in games and got to start right away; it inspires me a lot to go and try and do the same thing.”
Seales caught 37 passes for 615 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season. Today’s NFL Draft is the big day and he’s ready. So what exactly will the team that selects him be getting?