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2027 quarterback Peyton Houston signs with Team IFA for NIL representation

Nakos updated headshotby:Pete Nakos05/15/24


Peyton Houston is ready to start capitalizing on his name, image and likeness.

Viewed as one of the top quarterback recruits in the 2027 cycle, he’s already picked up more than 10 scholarship offers. Schools that have offered include Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Texas A&M, among others.

Now wrapping up his freshman year at Evangel Christian Academy, Houston has the opportunity to profit off his publicity rights because Louisiana allows high school athletes to turn a profit, similar to college athletes. States such as Florida and Texas have prohibited high schoolers from participating in NIL.

To help guide him through NIL at the high school level and beyond, he’s signed with Team IFA for NIL representation. The full-service NFL agency continues to expand its NIL footprint with more than 20 college football clients. Houston marks Team IFA’s first NIL athlete at the high school level.

“I’m incredibly thankful that Peyton along with all other high school athletes in the state of Louisiana have an opportunity to build partnerships with companies and leverage their name, image and likeness,” Houston’s father, Shaun, said. “Forming a partnership with IFA will enable Peyton to utilize his platform for the betterment of his team, his community and other initiatives that are important to him.”

IFA has experience in soliciting endorsement deals for athletes. The agency has also assisted in negotiating several NIL collective deals for clients in the last two transfer portal cycles. Houston was at Oklahoma’s spring game earlier this month. The 6-foot, 185-pound quarterback has taken trips to Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, USC and LSU. He has a 4.0 GPA as he closes out his freshman year of high school.

Among IFA’s NIL clients is running back Dallan Hayden, who transferred from Ohio State to Colorado this spring. The agency also works with Tennessee wide receiver Chris Brazzell and Minnesota linebacker Jaxon Howard.

Team IFA founder and president Blake Baratz represents a number of NFL clients, including Jonathan Allen and Adam Thielen.

“Our goal in the NIL space is to bring our 100-plus years of collective professional experience to help these young athletes and their families sustain long-term success,” Baratz said. “In order to sustain success, you have to have trust, transparency, work ethic, discipline, and accountability. We lay out the road map to allow these athletes and their families to make the most educated and empowered decisions based on our high level of communication, intelligence, and expertise. This is what we do for a living.

“We are bringing professionalism to a process that severely lacks the fundamental characteristics for sustainable success. We have an obligation to help athletes, brands, collectives, universities – anyone involved in the ecosystem – navigate through it in a professional and secure manner. We do not tell people what to do, we implement a process that allows everyone to make the best decision possible for their short and long-term goals, both on and off the field.”