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Miami recruits Malik Bryant, Samson Okunlola partner with LifeWallet, John Ruiz

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LifeWallet CEO John Ruiz continues his trend of signing Miami student-athletes to NIL deals.

Star linebacker Malik Bryant recently agreed to an NIL deal with Ruiz. The Miami recruit chose the Hurricanes over Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame, among others.

Bryant, who stands at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, will be a force on Miami’s defense.

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“Proud to have @Malik5Bryant as an NIL Athlete with @lifewalletsport – looking forward to working with him. He is super focused. He came with none other than Edgerrin James! It’s all about the 🙌🙌🙌,” Ruiz wrote on Twitter.

Samson Okunlola, another 2023 Miami signee, also partnered with Ruiz and LifeWallet.

Okunlola, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound freshman, could step in immediately and contribute as a key player on Miami’s offensive line.

“@SAMSONOKUNLOLA_ welcome to @lifewalletsport All of a sudden I got the sudden urge to have some Pancakes!” Ruiz wrote.

These two signings come just days after Ruiz partnered up with offensive guard Javion Cohen to an NIL deal. Cohen is a transfer from Alabama, where he started two years for the Crimson Tide.

Miami signee and defensive end Jayden Wayne also inked a deal with Ruiz. Other recruits, including Nathaniel “Ray Ray” Joseph and Rueben Bain also joined LifeWallet.

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After the first year of NIL, Ruiz admitted that he spent $10 million on NIL deals involving Miami student-athletes and he plans to grow that investment in the second year. Any athlete who signs with Ruiz and LifeWallet, would take on a little brother or little sister as a part of their deal.

So far, Ruiz has reportedly Ruiz signed more than 110 active Miami student-athletes.