For the first time in the history of college football, star-studded players on the field are getting paid: ask LSU DB Dereck Stingely Jr.
Now his SEC rival, Alabama sophomore quarterback Bryce Young, the Crimson Tide’s presumptive starter for the 2021 season, is obtaining revenue of his own.
Young was the No. 2 overall ranked player in the 2020 recruiting class according to 247sports and the No. 1 overall quarterback.
Bryce Young, like other star college football athletes – have already taken significant advantage of ‘name, image, and likeness deals’ which went into effect on July 1st.
Bryce Young hasn't even started a game for Alabama, but he's already cashing in on NIL deals 💰 https://t.co/JpXgphLJmL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 29, 2021
Alabama head coach Nick Saban elaborated on Tuesday just how successful those NIL deals have been for his future starting quarterback. While speaking at the Texas High School Coach Association’s annual convention, Saban stated Young is already nearing $1 million in NIL money.
“Certain positions, probably, enhance opportunities to create value, like quarterback, and our quarterback already has approached ungodly numbers – I’m not going to say what they are – and he hasn’t even played yet,” Saban said according to The Athletic. “Hasn’t even started. … It is almost seven figures. And it is like, the guy has not even played yet. But that’s because of our brand.”
Nick Saban is talking at the Texas HS Coaches Association convention today. He was asked about NIL. Apparently, Bryce Young is doing quite well.
“Our QB has already approached ungodly numbers, and he hasn’t even played yet. If I told you what it is … it’s almost 7-figures."
— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) July 20, 2021
The Crimson Tide’s ‘brand’ will undoubtedly create much value for Young and other players who participate in that legendary program in Tuscaloosa.
Young is already signed to the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and signed an NIL deal with Cash App. He also entered Alabama as one of its most ‘sought-after’ prospects in the modern recruiting era.
He is listed 20th on the All Time Recruit Rankings list that boasts the likes of Jadeveon Clowney, Leonard Fournette, and Vince Young.