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High school freshman Preston Carey inks ‘record amount’ NIL deal with Long Island sports medicine group

Preston Carey
Photo credit: Courtesy of Preston Carey

Preston Carey is an All-American defensive lineman. He stands at 6-foot-5, 280 pounds and possesses the wingspan of your typical NBA forward (6-foot-7 inches) with hands as long as a standard bread knife (10.5 inches).

His friends call him PJ, and he’s a freshman in high school.

A member of the class of 2026 recruiting class, Carey already has offers to some of the top football programs in the nation including Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, Penn State and LSU to name a few. Now he’s starting his NIL journey.

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On Friday, Carey inked a deal with Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group to an undisclosed amount. According to a press release obtained by The NIL Deal, a source stated it is a record amount for a high school freshman student-athlete.

In a post to his Twitter page, Carey thanked Orlin & Cohen for their work as he prepares for the Adidas Freshman All-American game in Naples, Florida this weekend.

“I feel great again and can’t wait to smash,” Carey said in the post.

This deal for Carey comes as no surprise, as Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group is Long Island’s leading multi-specialty orthopedic practices and has been at the forefront of sports medicine and athletic care in the region.

The company is a division of Northwell Health who reported $14.5 billion in operating revenue in 2021 according to the company’s website.

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As a freshman at Saint Anthony’s High School, Carey dominated opposing lineman and helped lead the Friars to an 11-1 season record including a perfect 5-0 sweep of the Catholic AAA division. The Friars capped their year off with not just a Catholic title, but the first state title for Long Island after coming back down 20-0 at halftime to knock out St. Francis (Buffalo) 27-20.

With three more years of schooling remaining for Carey, the expectation is more big plays and bigger NIL news to come from the freshman phenom.