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Here comes the next generation. Earlier today, WWE issued a press release, detailing the names of 15 new college athletes who will join the company’s NIL (Name, Image & Likeness) program, “Next In Line.” This program was created to give an opportunity to collegiate athletes that want to be a part of WWE.

The names are as follows:

Name College Sport Height/Weight Hometown
Abby Jacobs South Alabama Soccer 5’7 Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Alexandra Jaksec Mary Washington Tennis 5’4 Pittsburgh, Pa.
Alia Armstrong LSU Track & Field 5’4 Baton Rouge, La.
Cameron Jones Cincinnati Football 6’8, 320 lbs. Hindman, Ky.
Dee Beckwith Kentucky Football 6’5, 235 lbs. Florence, Ala.
Greg Kerkvliet Penn State Wrestling 6’3, 250 lbs. Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Isaiah Iton Rutgers Football 6’2, 290 lbs. Houston, Texas
Jaiden Fields Georgia Softball 5’9 Kennesaw, Ga.
Landon Jackson Arkansas Football 6’7, 275 lbs. Texarkana, Texas
Mady Aulbach Youngstown State Basketball 5’3 Slippery Rock, Pa.
Nick Dawkins Penn State Football 6’4, 315 lbs. Allentown, Pa.
Otoniel Badjana Pittsburgh Track & Field 5’11, 245 lbs. Lisbon, Portugal
Peyton Prussin Life University Wrestling 5’4 Las Vegas, Nev.
Tori Ortiz Oklahoma State Track & Field 5’9 Batavia, Ill.
Turner Washington Arizona State Track & Field 6’5, 290 lbs. Tuscon, Ariz.

From the press release:

The “Next In Line” program has signed 46 college athletes since its inception in December 2021 including the program’s first signee, Olympic Gold medalist Gable Steveson. The program serves to recruit and develop potential future Superstars and further enhances WWE’s talent development process through collaborative partnerships with college athletes from diverse athletic backgrounds. WWE has signed athletes from 13 different sports including 35 members of Power-Five conferences who have collectively earned 40 NCAA All American Honors and 12 NCAA National Championships.

All athlete partnerships feature access to the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., in addition to resources across the organization including brand building, media training, communications, live event promotion, creative writing and community relations. Upon completion of the NIL program, select athletes may earn an exclusive opportunity to be offered a WWE contract.

The program’s athletes boast impressive social media followings with more than 10 million combined followers on TikTok and nearly three million combined followers on Instagram. WWE currently has one of the largest fanbases on TikTok with 20.9 million followers and more than 27 million Instagram followers.

Editor’s Opinion:

I’ve always thought that this program was a good idea, and it looks like there are some great athletes as a part of this class. While not all of them will make it, this program at least gives them an opportunity to become a professional athlete, which I know is their dream!

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