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One of first Oklahoma high school athletes to sign NIL agreement already seeing benefits

TULSA, Okla. — One of the first high school athletes in Oklahoma to sign a name, image and likeness (NIL) agreement is using her profits to put money away for college.

An NIL agreement allows amateur athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness.

Peyton Coburn, 16, has been golfing for as long as she can remember. She started taking the sport more seriously at age 12.

Now, the junior plays on the girl’s team at Bishop Kelley High School, trains just about every day and competes in tournaments across the country on her own.

With plans to land a scholarship to play golf in college, Coburn became a client of National Scouting Report (NSR). The company essentially works as an agent for athletes to play at the collegiate level.

When the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) released guidelines for NIL agreements for high school athletes this fall, Coburn and her scout said it was a natural transition for her to sign one with the company.

“Peyton’s had really, really great success talking to a lot of college coaches that we’ve been able to introduce her to and that’s what makes it great about this opportunity is Peyton has experienced it,” said Corey Else with NSR, “it’s been easy to be able to have her be a paid spokesperson.”

Coburn is paid to promote the company on social media and spread the word to other athletes. She said, “whenever I get to college I’m going to use that to kind of decorate my dorm room and more of those fun aspects, I don’t really want to buy the books, but I’m going to use all that money kind of to help with the costs that aren’t always covered by a scholarship.”

Coburn added she is already working on some additional NIL agreements that could potentially make her even more money in the future.

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