Franklin looking to capitalize on new NCAA rules
Ridgely, MD native hoping to gain more endorsments
SALISBURY, Md- The NCAA sent shock waves around the sports world last Wednesday, when they announced that beginning on July 1st, all NCAA student athletes would be able to profit off of their name, image, and likeness.
For current college athletes like Eastern Shore native Jamion Franklin (North Caroline HS), the news was much overdue.
“My first thoughts we’re like this is surreal, but its been a long time coming,” said Franklin. “I always felt where I was hungry couldn’t get anything, sending my dad a text, asking my aunt for some help for a meal, that what we we’re putting in, we weren’t getting out.”
Intercollegiate athletes all over the United States jumped all over the opportunity as soon as the rule became official on July 1st. Less than 30 minutes after the rules went into affect, Miami QB D’Eriq King signed major endorsement deals with three separate companies.
Franklin says since the rule change, he has already signed on with a couple of small companies.
Pathwater, WolfPak Clothing, and Yoke Gaming are among the partnerships Franklin is already pushing on his social media channels. “I’d definitely like to get some more local ones (sponsorships). I’m just grateful to be able to make a bit of extra cash.”