Highly touted high school recruit Julian Sayin, who recently transferred from Alabama to Ohio State, has inked his inaugural Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) partnership. The top quarterback prospect in the 2024 class, Sayin, hailing from Carlsbad High School in California, has secured an exclusive, multi-year trading card agreement with Panini America. This collaboration encompasses autographed trading cards and marketing initiatives, with Sayin’s initial card slated for inclusion in Panini’s forthcoming collegiate product line.

Expressing his enthusiasm, Sayin remarked, “You always dream of getting your first trading card, I’m excited and proud to be partnering with Panini for my exclusive autograph trading cards.” Notably, Sayin earned MVP honors at the Elite 11 finals and delivered impressive senior season stats, amassing 2,369 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, and just one interception.

Jason Howarth, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Athlete Relations at Panini America, expressed eagerness about the collaboration, stating, “We are excited to announce our partnership with Julian – he is a special player and we look forward to following his collegiate career and beyond. We are excited to share his Panini products, especially with Buckeyes fans.”

Sayin joins a distinguished roster of athletes in Panini’s NIL football lineup, alongside notable figures like Texas quarterbacks Quinn Ewers and Arch Manning, USC wide receiver Zachariah Branch, Nebraska freshman quarterback Dylan Raiola, and former Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and wide receiver Rome Odunze, among others.

In addition to football, Panini has expanded its scope, collaborating with athletes from various sports, including Nebraska volleyball standout Lexi Rodriguez and NBA draft prospects like Amen and Ausar Thompson, Matas Buzelis, Ja’Kobe Walter, and Tre Johnson.

At Ohio State, Sayin joins a competitive quarterback lineup featuring Kansas State transfer Will Howard, junior Devin Brown, and fellow freshman standout Air Noland.

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