WWE have announced the signing of the inaugural “Next In Line” class of college athletes from 13 universities across the United States.
The athletes have all been signed on NIL (Name, Image & Likeness) deals, with the aim being that the company’s “Next In Line” program will offer a pathway between college sports and WWE.
The 15 new recruits come from 13 universities, seven NCAA conferences and four different sports.
You can find the full list of new signings below.
- 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
The announcement comes after Gable Steveson signed to the company’s first ever NIL contract back in September. Despite not yet making his debut, the Olympic gold medallist was drafted to Monday Night Raw a month later, missing out NXT altogether.
Speaking during a recent interview, Stephanie McMahon said that Steveson would be joining up with the full-time roster when he had completed his education.
The WWE’s NIL program came into being in early December, with the company saying that it “serves to recruit and develop potential future Superstars and further enhances WWE’s talent development process through collaborative partnerships with college athletes from diverse athletic backgrounds.”