For the first time in college football history, playing the most star-studded position on the pitch is actively paying off: the quarterback. Just ask sophomore Bryce Young from Alabama, the alleged starter of Tide for the 2021 college football season.
Young, the No.2 player in the 2020 recruiting class according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings – and the No.1 overall quarterback, regardless of style – has already benefited significantly from the Name Image and Likeness deals, which the NCAA cleared to conclude. effective July 1.
Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke on Tuesday about how lucrative these NIL deals have been for his quarterback. Saban, speaking at the Texas High School Coach Association’s annual convention, said Young was approaching $ 1 million in NIL cash.
“Certain positions, probably, enhance the opportunities for value creation, like the quarterback, and our quarterback has already approached ungodly numbers – I’m not going to say what they are – and he hasn’t even still played, “Saban said (via The Sportif). “He hasn’t even started… It’s almost seven digits. And it’s like the guy hasn’t even played yet. But it’s because of our brand.”
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Not bad for a quarterback who has completed only 13 of 22 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown.
The Crimson Tide brand has undoubtedly helped create value for Young, who is replaced by the Creative Artists Agency and signed a NIL deal with Cash App. But he entered Alabama as one of its most prominent prospects, not only under Saban but also in the modern era of recruiting. He is tied for the 20th all-time rookie in the 247Sports database alongside former Crimson Tide offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandjio and Andre Smith. He also set several records at Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.).
It’s worth wondering why Saban thought about mentioning Young in regards to the NIL deals, but it’s possible that Alabama’s 15th-year coach used this nugget of information as a potential recruiting tool at the Texas, where the Tide has poached several high-end prospects in the past. cycles.
Saban will speak to members of the media at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama on Wednesday.