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In June of 2021, the NCAA rolled out an interim policy that would allow student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness – aka NIL – as their personal brand.

According to college recruitment organization NCSA, “NIL laws vary by state, meaning your state may or may not have its own NIL regulations you must adhere to… Additionally, colleges and universities often have their own unique rules for NIL.”

So in this relatively new territory for college sports, who are the top earners?

And where do they stand compared to Iowa basketball star Caitlin Clark?

Here are the top 10:


10. Carson Beck – Georgia Football – $1.5 million

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9. Jalen Milroe – Alabama Football – $1.6 million

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8. Angel Reese – LSU Basketball. – $1.8 million

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7. Quinn Ewers – U Texas Football – $1.9 million

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6. Travis Hunter – Colorado Football – $2.4 million

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5. Arch Manning – U Texas Football – $2.8 million

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4. Caitlin Clark – Iowa Basketball – $3.1 million

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3. Olivia Dunne – LSU Gymnastics – $3.6 million

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2. Shedeur Sanders – Colorado Football – $4.1 million

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1. Bronny James – USC Basketball – $4.9 million

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