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Marvin Harrison Jr. says Ohio State ‘isn’t the place for you’ if NIL is main focus

Marvin Harrison Jr.
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As the face of the Ohio State offense, junior wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. has some words of advice for any potential future Buckeye recruits. While at Big 10 Media Day in Indianapolis, Harrison addressed many topics, and of course, name, image, and likeness (NIL) came up.

Harrison, who is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison, did not mince words when it comes to NIL opportunities at Ohio State.

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While Harrison does have a few NIL deals in place, he did not aggressively seek them out, as it came more naturally to him.

At Media Day, he said he is more focused on winning this season—which presumably will be his last year in Columbus since he is widely regarded as the top wide receiver prospect for the 2024 NFL draft.

“We’re here to be great receivers, be here to beat the Team Up North, win national championships,” Harrison said. “If your main focus is NIL, this isn’t the place for you. But I think that’s definitely part of it now in college football. I think the Columbus market is really great. Ohio State, the brand itself, is one of the best brands in college football that you can be attached to.”

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Harrison has collaborated with the Cohesion Foundation to work on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House. He is also NIL partners with ZOA Energy, Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt, and Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet of Columbus.

Harrison will enter the 2023 season coming off a spectacular season in which he recorded 77 receptions for 1,263 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Ohio State will open its season when it travels to play Indiana on Sept. 2.