While some SEC football programs allegedly pay their recruits, that wasn’t a game Mark Richt played while he was the head coach at Georgia according to one former player.
Jordan Jenkins, now in his second season as a linebacker for the New York Jets, joked on Twitter Friday afternoon that he would have liked some money as well to come play for the Bulldogs.
— Jordan Jenkins (@jordanOLB) August 25, 2017
The laugh is in reference to a much more serious matter. A new report published Friday claims that Leo Lewis, a Mississippi State linebacker, received money from two separate SEC programs prior to national signing day in 2015.
Although it’s against NCAA rules, Jenkins certainly would have been worth some money to the Bulldogs. He was a five-star recruit and No. 2 in the state of Georgia according to his 247 Sports composite ranking. He went on to have a solid career in Athens, playing in 37 games totaling 204 tackles with 19 sacks.
Money isn’t a factor for Jenkins now, as long as he saves wisely. The Jets signed him to a four-year deal in 2016 and has $560,000 in guaranteed money coming his way in 2017.