It was named a little less than a month ago that high school athletes can now receive NIL deals.

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College athletes were the only non-professional athletes to get paid for their NIL until less than a month ago,when it was announced that High School athletes could now get paid too. 

University Lab Head Football Coach Andy Martin said that the news took him by surprise, and it’ll have to be controlled in order for it to be successful

“I think it’s something that we saw that was eventually going to happen," Martin said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen this quickly. For us I think the biggest thing is just learning more about what their actual regulations will be.” 

Martin believes that NIL for these high school athletes is good, but the future and standards of it aren’t certain. 

“It’s a great opportunity for these guys to get these endorsements," Martin said. “But at the same time, it’s like the wild wild West out there. There’s no rules and a lot going on with it.” 

None of Martin’s players have been contacted yet about an NIL deal, but one athlete couldn’t believe the news when he heard it.

“My first thought was, 'That’s kind of crazy,” that high school players could actually get paid now and have endorsements with different companies, so I thought it was a little crazy at first," Abney said.

Abney stated that he believes an NIL deal could further benefit athletes like himself for not only now, but their future in football. 

“I think could be a good thing because if you’re starting to get an NIL now, when you get to college, where it’s bigger, you’d have a lot of experience with it already," Abney said.

The LHSAA has yet to put out any specific details on the newest talk of the town in the sports community. 

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