How NILs Could Keep Door Open for HBCUs to Land Top Recruits

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By Jason Jordan A collective shift in mindset from a deep pool of successful HBCU alumni may go a long way toward balancing the recruiting landscape. To hear Nick Saban tell it, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are thriving in the NIL era by shelling out million-dollar paydays to the country’s top athletes and closing the talent gap between Power 5s and mid-majors in one fell swoop. “I don’t even make a million!” Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders tweeted in response to Saban’s unsubstantiated claim that Sanders paid Travis Hunter, the No. 1 prospect in the SI99 rec…

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