USA TODAY High School Sports‘ Friday Night Notes is a weekly high school football recruiting recap that looks at the latest news from around the country—from the Class of 2022 to ’23 and beyond.
Recruiting has changed — for better or worse — with the introduction of new NIL rules.
Players are now able to profit off their name, image and likeness, which has opened the door for blue blood programs to legally provide top prospects with future financial incentives. Colleges aren’t allowed to lay numbers out on the table, but it goes without saying that athletes can recognize the NIL opportunities big-time programs have to offer fairly easily.
Let’s take a closer look at the impact NIL is having across the college athletics landscape and the biggest recruiting news of the week and weekend.
Meet the Class of 2023
Big bucks to a 5-star quarterback?
News broke last week that a five-star recruit in the class of 2023 signed an agreement with a school’s NIL department that will pay him $8 million by the end of his junior year. Some have speculated that the recruit is five-star Long Beach Poly (Calif.) quarterback Nicholaus Iamaleava, who is currently a heavy favorite to land at an SEC program. The deal has yet to be confirmed, but if it is true, it is the first deal of its kind for an elite prospect.
NIL impact at the next level
NIL deals don’t always paint a pretty picture. Florida State defensive back and former four-star recruit Jarvis Brownlee is reportedly holding out of spring practice due to an issue with his NIL agreement. Brownlee is one of Florida State’s best cornerbacks and the Seminoles need him on the field. Brownlee, however, is not happy with a current NIL issue. These are problems that didn’t exist just a year ago and it likely won’t be the last time something of this nature happens.
Arch returns to Athens
Arch Manning will be on the road this weekend. The five-star quarterback and No. 1 recruit in the class of 2023 will be at Georgia after visiting Athens during the fall. The Bulldogs have been pushing hard to land Manning and profile as one of his top options at this point in time.
Rave reviews from Georgia Tech's spring game
Most schools are just starting spring practice, but Georgia Tech has already conducted its spring game. The Yellow Jackets hosted some of their top prospects for the action and garnered impressive reviews as Geoff Collins works to land another building block class.
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