Texas A&M WR Ricky Seals-Jones’ dad says he was offered $600K for a commitment

Jan 5, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; West wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (89) cannot catch a pass against East defensive back Kendall Fuller (5) during U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football game at the Alamodome. The East won 15-8. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones was one of the most sought after recruits in the country in the class of 2013. Many projected Seals-Jones as a safety, but at 6’5 and 230 lbs.,  his size at wide receiver seems too good to pass up.

Seals-Jones should be getting ready to start his freshman season with the Texas A&M Aggies, but because of a new book entitled The System: The Glory and Scandal of College Football,written by former CBS News reporter Armen Keteyian collaborated with Sports Illustrated’s Jeff Benedict, he is in the news for other reasons.

The book dives into several controversial aspects of college football, including the recruitment of Seals-Jones.

According to Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel, there is a full chapter dedicated to that very topic.

Seals-Jones’ father, Chester Jones, claims “Ricky was offered $300,000 in cash, use of a luxury suite during football season, eight season tickets and $1,000 per month for Ricky and $500 for the family to commit to a “top 20 program.”

“Oh, it was higher than that,” Chester Jones said. “It was a lot higher than that.”

“Chester Jones said the offers grew as high as $600,000 for his son’s signature on a national letter of intent – one SEC school and one ACC school said they’d double any offer – but he declined them all out of principle and the fear of inevitably getting caught,” writes Wetzel.

Seals-Jones has seen reps with Texas A&M’s first team offense this fall, so this certainly won’t be the last time you hear about him (especially if Johnny Manziel is at the helm).


Topics: Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M Aggies, Texas Aggies

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  • Mary Waltman

    Looks like the whole A&M team was bought……

    • carl

      Bama please! Nobody is stupid enough to tell they were offered $ then take it from A&M. That’s a Bama move!

      • Agent Michael Scarn

        You must not be familiar with the history of Texas A&M football. The truth is that Forrest Gump couldn’t get into Bama because of it’s high standards of academia and sportsmanship and went to play for Bear when he was still in B-CS.

        • Mary Waltman

          You must not know that Forrest Gump was not real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Bleed Crimson

        It’s Auburn Carl….Auburn recruited him very aggressively…

      • Mary Waltman

        Nope don’t think so……………..

  • Agent Michael Scarn

    Gee, I wonder which SEC team Mr. Seals-Jones could be referring to? Certainly not the one where he actually enrolled and is already embroiled in a pay for play scandal. Certainly not the school with multiple cheating violations. Certainly not the one that was once caught sending money to a recruit through FedEx? Nah, couldn’t be. Why, there’s not a soul in College Station that would ever send money or Trans Ams to high school kids to try and compete with better programs with better history. It’s never happened. They have honor or a code or something resembling something something.

  • Oilfart1

    Texas A&M is an SEC school……

  • jack campbell

    Mr. Melnick seems to have “inadvertently” left out the part where Mr. Jones stated that the offers DID NOT come from A&M…wonder why??

  • Jason Dunbar

    he just got $700k from A&M for his signature and a new ferrari that his dad cosigned for

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