Arkansas doesn’t have legislation allowing high school athletes to profit off NIL, meaning the state’s No. 1 high school sophomore basketball recruit Terrion Burgess would have to move if he wanted to cash in on any offers.
Burgess’ current estimated NIL value sits at around $300,000.
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Not bad for a rising junior.
Burgess currently has recruiting offers on the table from Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Many businesses—including a fashion designer and a record label—have propositioned Burgess, offering him NIL deals if he were to move states. These deals were reportedly in the six figures, with one even hovering around $1 million over his last two years of high school.
Burgess’ father handles these proposed deals.
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“Nothing was ever put on paper,” Terry Burgess Jr. said to Best of Arkansas Sports regarding the $1 million deal. “You’re talking about phone calls. So I really don’t technically count anything until it’s legally on paper… It was just a phone conversation and they were just throwing it out there to see how I respond. It didn’t ever go further because I didn’t do a whole lot of entertaining it.”
As of now, the family has no plans to uproot their lives and move states. Burgess has made it clear he isn’t interested in leaving Arkansas to play at an academy, or change high schools just to cash in NIL deals.
He’s a credit for being a true Arkansan, and I’ll tell you this Arkansas will stand 100% behind you too, go Hogs,