Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) will play a huge role in the way college football looks in the coming years and it has already played a role in several big-name recruiting battles during this cycle. Texas is giving offensive line recruits $50,000 just to be a scholarship player in Austin. That has resulted in the Longhorns signing one of their best offensive line classes in school history.
Several big names are also in the NCAA Transfer Portal searching for better NIL opportunities at other universities. It’s like the NCAA lost all of its power overnight and now college football is the 2021 version of the Wild West. However, there are some who see NIL as an opportunity to give back to their community and use their new-found resources for a good cause.
One of those players is 2022 Oklahoma signee Nick Evers. Evers is a four-star quarterback from Flower Mound, Texas, and has partnered with Make-A-Wish for his first NIL deal. According to his post, Evers is planning on donating 100% of the proceeds to children with life-threatening illnesses.
That kind of attitude and generosity is quickly making Evers a fan favorite in Norman, and he certainly seems to fit the mold that Brent Venables is looking for.
Evers will likely be behind Dillon Gabriel on the depth chart in 2022 and if Caleb Williams decides to return Evers could be as far as third on the depth chart. However, Evers is a competitor and it would not be surprising whatsoever to see him push for playing time as soon as he has Jeff Lebby’s system down.