With NIL more prevalent than ever, popular amateur athletes have the opportunity to maximize their value depending on where they go.
For some athletes like CJ Stroud of Ohio State, it will take good performances for them to increase their worth, but some players like Quinn Ewers of Texas have the cachet before they even set foot on a college campus.
We’ve seen that NIL has already had an impact on where some athletes go to school, and it will likely continue to do so in the future.
On3 released its ranking of the top five most valuable NIL athletes, and a few future Texas soccer and basketball goals were on the list.
Starting with first place, LeBron (Bronny) James Jr., four-star in 2023, is ranked as the most valuable amateur athlete with $ 6.1 million. James is said to have an interest in Texas among several other schools of blue blood. The son of NBA and Los Angeles Laker great LeBron James, Bronny is a combo guard who is one of the nation’s most coveted basketball prospects.
Longhorn’s second target is a descendant of Archie Manning and off the Manning quarterbacks tree, in 2023 five-star Arch Manning. Similar to James, Manning has yet to decide where he will attend college, but Texas has always been mentioned in its High Graces, even after Quinn Ewers was signed.
It remains to be seen whether Texas will land both or even one of them, as the recruitments of the two athletes have not been very public. However, if they are able to land them, Texas would probably have the most famous fans in college sports history.