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Former K-State Players Launching NIL Collective to Aid in Recruiting

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Curry Sexton, a Second Team All-Big 12 wide receiver in 2014, finished his Kansas State about seven years before name, image, and likeness became one of the major stories in college football. However, a decade later, Sexton knows exactly what kind of NIL deal he would pursue.

“All you can eat at Taco Lucha,” Sexton told the Wichita Eagle. “I would have done something crazy like that. Coach [Bill] Snyder wouldn’t have liked that because I would have been 220 pounds, but that would have been a heck of a deal.”

Aaron Lockett, the uncle of former Wildcat standout and current Seattle Seahawk Tyler Lockett, would’ve gone a different route if NIL was around in his playing days at Kansas State.


“I probably would have gone with a headphone deal,” Lockett said. “I liked to make music. I was a rapper in high school and had a record deal I was pursuing while I was running track and playing football. I would have also loved to do a clipper deal because I liked to pretend I was a barber.”

The duo of former Wildcats caught up last October and started a discussion about how they could help their alma mater in the time of NIL, and decided to start a collective to help KSU athletics.

Now, in April of 2022, “The Wildcats’ Den” collective is about to launch. Although it is unaffiliated with the University, Sexton and Lockett hope their hard work will be a great benefit to the Wildcats’ athletic department.

“It’s almost a must for any Power Five school that wants to remain competitive as far as recruiting and retention goes,” Sexton said.

According to Sexton, fans and businesses can support The Wildcats’ Den in three ways. They can ask the collective to send money to a specific athlete, specific team, or an unallocated fund that the collective will spend the way it sees fit.

“I want K-State to be competitive,” Sexton said. I want K-State and its athletes to be successful. Having been a student-athlete myself who didn’t have real prospects of playing in the NFL, my opportunity to make money off my name, image, and likeness was a five-year window while I was in school. I want to make sure that current student-athletes are making the most out of their NIL opportunities now that the policy has changed.”

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