How in-state NIL laws could impact high school football

This Friday, On3 broke down the impact that Missouri’s NIL legislation will have regarding the Class of 2024. Since the original “Fair Pay to Play Act” was passed out of California, we have seen states introduce their own models and also use a copy and paste approach that allows them to keep up the competitive new NIL landscape. For example, the state of Georgia became the first state to require financial literacy training. Per the law “a postsecondary educational institution shall conduct a financial literacy and life skills workshop for a minimum of five hours at the beginning of the student athlete’s first and third academic years.”

Missouri has been one of the many states that have passed legislation to benefit the schools within its own border and as On3 pointed out, it gives in-state programs a major advantage in this 2024 recruiting class and into the future. According to the law, a high school athlete that has signed an agreement to play within the state’s borders can earn compensation after signing a written agreement to enroll. That goes into effect on Sept. 1.

Immediately, this story made me think of the potential impact if this same in-state law was passed in other states. The example that comes to mind would be a situation like Buford quarterback Dylan Raiola—who is committed to UGA. If he were competing for his former high school in Arizona—a law like the Missouri one would not allow him to begin earning compensation right away because he would be out-of-state. But if it were applied to the state of Georgia, playing within the state and then attending a university in the state would allow it. So my question today is will this create a situation where more players move into the state they are going to play in college to take advantage of this window to earn before the high school season is over. We will see.

For the original breakdown of the Missouri in-state NIL law CLICK HERE



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