Posted August 28, 2013

Report: Schools offered $300-600K to land top recruit Ricky Seals-Jones

Recruiting, Texas A&M Aggies
Ricky Seals-Jones' father says his son turned down alleged offers of $600,000.

According to a new book, Ricky Seals-Jones’ father says his son rejected offers of $600,000 to attend a major program. (John Albright/Icon SMI)

A Texas A&M player is making news for alleged illegal benefits, and it’s not Johnny Manziel.

In a soon-to-be-released book on college football, the father of freshman wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones said two schools offered his son around $600,000 during his recruitment for his commitment to their programs — twice as much as the $300,000 offer Seals-Jones reportedly fielded from another “top-20″ program, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel who viewed an advance copy of the book.

Details surrounding the Jones family’s $300,000 are in the upcoming book, “The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football,” by Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict. In the book, Chester Jones, Seals-Jones’ father, said his family opted to decline the offers and sign with Texas A&M, fearing potential problems with Seals-Jones’ eligibility.

Jones claims that a high-profile program other than A&M 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.” But ensuing offers from one SEC school and one ACC school were “a lot higher than that,” according to Jones.

29 comments
MrTemecula
MrTemecula

One day, the IRS is going to start sniffing around and this is going to blow-up in a lot of people faces in the south.

Fifilo
Fifilo

Ricky didn't know it was wrong.

j7apple
j7apple

Much ado about nothing. No school in their right mind does these things, alumni do, typically without knowledge of the school (convenient)  business as usual.

grizzlypete
grizzlypete

If it can be proven that he took money he will be suspended for the first few lines of the National Anthem.

DSM
DSM

Will the NCAA get all over this, the way they jumped on OSU's players and pummeled Penn State, or will it be another Cam Newton situation, where they ignore his being thrown out of Florida for stealing and then believe his father never told Cam his services were being auctioned.

Cool
Cool

It appears to me that this family has found a way to profit off their son while he is still eligible for playing in the NCAA.  Don't sell your son, sell YOUR story about your son.  In this case they don't need to name any names, call out any schools, just write a book saying that there were a lot of schools willing to pay.. but you took the "high road."   Sorry, but I find this father about as credible as Cam Newtons father.

Brenda2
Brenda2

Or maybe Auburn for the SEC...they paid Cam......why not this guy

DeeSports
DeeSports

So?  After the Cam Newton fiasco and now Johnny Football, can't you do whatever you want?

Brenda2
Brenda2

and I would go more with maybe Arkansas, Ole Miss or even Bama...possibly Florida.....for the SEC....

Suteki73
Suteki73

I'm betting LSU was the SEC school and Miami was the ACC school offering $600,000.....


Phil.Mahweene
Phil.Mahweene

I wish the family would "spill the beans" on who these CHEATERS are so they can get the "DEATH PENALTY"

Ason
Ason

No news here. This has been going on since Moses wore shortpants. i have no idea why people act surprised to hear things like this. all the top-teir programs play the same game,or else they ain't top teir for long. The schools,coaches,ncaa,tv-everybody gets paid off what these kids do. how much is a 5-star recruit worth if he turns into Clowney or manziel once he hits campus? $600,000?..small potatoes(and $$ well spent.

crimsonmastodon
crimsonmastodon

"According to a new book........"  hmmm, could it be someone wants some free publicity.  Enough of these innuendos,  name the schools or shut up.  Or rather, name them AND shut up!

It would be ironic if this kid's father was getting any money for his story, hey NCAA?

PhilipH
PhilipH

College sports are getting out of hand. It's clear that the NCAA is not doing its job, most likely because its representatives are as guilty as the players they are trying to "protect."  It needs to be disbanded and another independent organization needs to be established, one which does not take money from amateur athletes to justify its existence.

KingsmenLead
KingsmenLead

@SInow Who cares? NCAA is such a hypocritical farce. Its only interest at this point is making $MILLIONS off "amateur" athletes.

soriley
soriley

@bornindetroit Every player is gonna get $600,000?  How does that work?  Or if we give the kid $100 bucks a month, he's gonna turn down that $600,000 offer? 

CkretSociety
CkretSociety

@NRestivo dont get why booster cant be a lil smarter. Like give the family member a job & pay them that way.

NRestivo
NRestivo

@CkretSociety I agree, boosters are idiots. But waving 600K in cash in front of an 18 yr old. Easiest way I guess.