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).