Cedric Baxter Jr., a five-star running back who will continue his career at Texas, recently agreed to join Athlete Advantage to represent him when it comes to signing name, image and likeness deals.
Baxter, who committed to Texas back in December, was also heavily recruited by other top programs, including Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Texas A&M, among others.
Baxter, an Orlando native and one of the top recruits in the country, has a strong social media presence on all of his platforms, but he wasn’t able to sign NIL deals while in high school because the Florida High School Athletic Association prohibits high school student-athletes from profiting off their name, image and likeness.
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Florida isn’t the only state to prohibit high school student-athletes from NIL – other powerhouses states like Georgia, Texas, and Ohio all forbid athletes from participating in name, image and likeness. With that being said, Arkansas, Nevada, Michigan, and Missouri are reportedly in the process of revising their NIL regulations and could be next in line to allow NIL at the high school level.
As a junior, Baxter had a monster season for Edgewater during their run to the state playoffs.
Baxter piled up 1,700 rushing yards with 28 total touchdowns.
With Bijan Robinson announcing his decision to enter the 2023 NFL Draft, Baxter will join head coach Steve Sarkisian and top recruit Arch Manning – the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning – at Texas and is expected to have a great collegiate career for one of the premiere programs in the nation.