Clemson Football: The first Tigers who could benefit from NIL

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Who are the first Clemson football players who could benefit from the new NIL rules that the NCAA just recently approved? Here’s a look.

The Clemson football program is continuing to grow at an exponential rate.

The Tigers are recruiting better than ever before, they’re putting talent in the NFL left-and-right, and they’re consistently competing in the CFB Playoff. As we head into the new age of College Football, it’s clear that Clemson football will be a big part.

The NCAA Board of Governors announced support for a new rule change that would allow student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness. While many Clemson football fans have looked to names like Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne as players who would’ve benefited greatly from the rule change, the truth of the matter is that both Lawrence and Etienne will be gone before the rule goes into effect, barring something unforeseen.

The rule change is expected to be approved for the 2021-22 season and there are still plenty of questions as to how it will be enforced and what it will look like, but here’s a look at five Clemson football players who are most likely to benefit from it first.