NIL Compensation Makes Shemar Turner's Return to Texas A&M Football A Better Prospect
Prior to NIL coming into the limelight as it has so recently, there were certain protections that programs could take for draft-eligible players who elected to return to school. I recall that Cedric Ogbuehi had an insurance policy, protecting him against his draft stock falling due to injury when he came back to play a final year with the Aggies.
While those things still exist and are good for players, the legality of NIL means that the foregone opportunity for immediate earnings is far less drastic than it previously was, and in the case of certain players, is turned on its head. What I mean is this: now that high-value players are able to capitalize on the value of their name, image, and likeness, they can ideally cut deals to replicate the level of salary they would have earned if they had gone to the league, all while still building their draft stock.
I beleive that this will be the case with Shemar Turner. Like I said before, he will be one of the top returning players on the Texas A&M football team, not to mention the entire nation. Given the recent push for donations to the Texas Aggies United fund, I imagine that A&M players, especially one with the stature of Shemar, will be well taken care of in the upcoming years.
Shemar's loyalty to the program and premier status mean that he will be one of the most recognizable players in College Station. That fan favorite status pays off with NIL compensation. It's a simple equation, but it works well for the team and the player in situations like these.