WWE Reveals Inaugural NIL Class Of 15 College Athletes

The inaugural class has been revealed

WWE unveiled the first class of college athletes in their new NIL (Name, Image & Likeness) developmental programme today.

The inaugural 'Next In Line' class is composed of athletes from 13 universities, seven NCAA conferences and four sports. They join Olympic gold medallist Gable Steveson in the programme, who is currently in his senior year at the University of Minnesota.

WWE's Next In Line programme is designed to help recruit and develop college athletes into potential WWE wrestlers. The programme provides athletes with access to the WWE Performance Center as well as resources for media training, brand building, live event production, creative writing and community relations. 

The following athletes are part of the inaugural class, from WWE:

  • "Carlos Aviles, of Ventura, Calif., a 6-foot-6, 305-pound track & field athlete from Ohio State University
  • Haley Cavinder, of Gilbert, Ariz., a 5-foot-6 basketball player from Fresno State University
  • Hanna Cavinder, of Gilbert, Ariz., a 5-foot-6 basketball player from Fresno State University
  • A.J. Ferrari of Dallas, Texas, a 6-foot, 200-pound wrestler from Oklahoma State University
  • Lexi Gordon of Fort Worth, Texas, a 6-foot basketball player from Duke University
  • Aleeya Hutchins of Toronto, Canada, a 5-foot-5 track & field athlete from Wake Forest University
  • John Krahn of Riverside, Calif., a 7-foot, 400-pound football player from Portland State University
  • Glen Logan of Kenner, La., a 6-foot-5, 305-pound football player from LSU
  • Isaac Odugbesan of Lagos, Nigeria, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound football player from the University of Alabama
  • Mason Parris of Lawrenceburg, Ind., a 6-foot-2, 275-pound wrestler from the University of Michigan
  • Masai Russel of Potomac, Md., a 5-foot-5 track & field athlete from the University of Kentucky
  • Jon Seaton of Hillsborough, N.J., a 6-foot-1, 285-pound football player from Elon University
  • Joe Spivak of Lombard, Ill., a 6-foot, 300-pound football player from Northwestern University
  • Dalton Wagner of Spring Grove, Ill., a 6-foot-9, 330-pound football player from the University of Arkansas
  • Riley White of Hoover, Ala., a 5-foot-6 track & field athlete from the University of Alabama"

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