Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones is expected to make a huge impact with the Aggies this season. After all, Seals-Jones was listed as the 25th-best player nationally in the 2013 class, and the second-best player in the state of Texas.
However, Seals-Jones allegedly turned down a huge monetary offer by another collegiate powerhouse in favor of Texas A&M.
According to his father, Chester Jones, the prized recruit allegedly spurned a $600,000 deal to sign a letter of intent with an unidentified school. Furthermore, one ACC and one SEC school even offered to double any monetary figure the Seals-Jones family was weighing from another program in order to sign their son.
In the end, the family decided to reject all of the offers "out of principle" and in fear of eventually getting caught.
Jones' comments come ahead of an upcoming book entitled, The System: The Glory and Scandal of College Football, which attempts to shed light on various layers and angles of college football that a casual fan wouldn't usually see.
In the book, the author seems to support Mr. Jones' story by claiming a "top-20 program" offered Seals-Jones and his family "$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" if he signed their National Letter of Intent.
Ironically, Seals-Jones attended the same high school as former SMU and NFL running back Eric Dickerson, who was featured in an ESPN 30 for 30 film called Pony Excess, which features crazy recruiting tales consisting of money, deception, and scandal.
Should we really be surprised that some college football powerhouse allegedly offered a star player a huge monetary incentive to play for their program? No, not really. But the dollar amount of the alleged offer is definitely somewhat of a shock if true.
Via Bleacher Report