The idea of free agency in college football is now a reality.
With the combination of the transfer portal making it easier for players to move between schools mixed with name, image and likeness deals putting money in said players’ pockets, a number of athletes are now considering their options and letting the open market decide where they might play next.
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Arizona State’s star defensive lineman Jermayne Lole is one of those players currently testing the “free agency” market. As a former All-Pac-12 pre-season first-team selection and Outland Trophy watchlist player, Lole announced that he will enter the transfer portal in order to explore his market value NIL.
According to 247Sports’ Sun Devil Source, Lole has made it clear that he wants to return to ASU for the 2022 season, but wants to test the waters in the open market first.
“Lole is expected to garner offers in excess of $100,000 from NIL collectives representing other college programs and it will evaluate those opportunities, two people familiar with the development told Sun Devil Source,” Chris Karpman wrote.
The University of Oregon is one of the places Lole will be visiting this summer. He announced a few visits he will make over the next few months before making a decision.
– Jermayne Tauinaola Lole🇦🇸 (@JermayneLole) May 6, 2022
Lole missed the 2021 season with a triceps injury suffered in August, but he would still be among the best returning players for the Sun Devils. In three years with ASU, Lole totaled 122 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 8 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
At 6-foot-2 and 305 pounds, he fits the mold of a massive defensive lineman who will wreak havoc in the middle of a Dan Lanning defense. So will Oregon’s new coaching staff — working with Division Street, the Ducks’ NIL collective — drop the bag for Lole and trade him to Eugene this summer?
It will definitely be something to watch in this new era of college football.
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