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On3 NIL Valuation: High school defensive linemen averages

Nakos updated headshotby:Pete Nakos07/03/24


On3 is tracking the top 15 high school defensive linemen according to the On3 Industry Ranking, breaking down the average On3 NIL Valuation at the position.

The On3 Industry Ranking is a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. The On3 NIL Valuation is calculated by combining Roster Value and NIL. Roster value is the value an athlete has by being a member of his or her team at his or her school, which factors into the role of NIL collectives.

Here is the full breakdown:

DL 1-5: Average $275K

Elijah Griffin, Justus Terry, Isaiah Campbell (Clemson commit), Nate Marshall (Michigan commit) and Amare Adams (Clemson commit) make up the top five defensive linemen in the 2025 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking. The group has an average On3 NIL Valuation of $275,000.

Griffin and Terry, both Five-Star Plus+ recruits who rank in the top 10 in their class, have yet to announce college decisions. Griffin is the nation’s No. 4 overall recruit and is coming off a busy June of visits. Named the Georgia Class AAA Defensive Lineman of the Year, he finished his junior season with 97 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks and an interception.

 “The nation’s No. 1 defensive lineman was back at Georgia two weekends for an unofficial and the intel continues to favor the Bulldogs,” On3’s Steve Wiltfong recently reported. “Griffin continues to keep a keen eye on places like USC and Miami as well.”

The Bulldogs are also viewed as a leader for Terry, the 6-foot-4.5, 275 pound defensive lineman who posted 78 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

“Georgia has a great shot at getting Terry back in this class,” On3’s Chad Simmons recently said. “Alabama made a strong impression on him, but Georgia’s in the pole position.”

DL 6-10: Average $138K

The top 10 defensive linemen in the 2025 cycle according to the On3 Industry Ranking are rounded out by DJ Sanders, Jalen Wiggins (Florida commit), Malik Autry (Auburn commit), Myron Charles (Florida State) and Christian Garrett (Georgia commit). The defensive linemen ranked No. 6 to No. 10 in the On3 Industry Ranking hold an average On3 NIL Valuation of $138,000.

Ranked as the No. 85 overall recruit in the 2025 class, Sanders took official visits to Texas, Texas A&M and Michigan during May and June. The Longhorns and Wolverines are viewed as the top contenders to land the 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive lineman.

Florida State and Stanford have pushed hard to flip Wiggins since he committed to the Gators in January. But the defensive lineman is locked in with Florida.

“I’m sticking with UF because it feels like the best decision for me,” Wiggins told On3’s Keith Niebuhr earlier this week. “There are many great institutions around the country, however, UF is where I want to achieve success and continue to succeed later in life on and off the field.”

DL 11-15: Average $130K

Antonio Coleman (Alabama commit), Kevin Wynn (Florida State commit), Ethan Utley (Tennessee commit), Javeon Campbell (Kentucky commit) and Trent Wilson (Oklahoma commit) close out the top 15 defensive linemen in the 2025 cycle. The group has a $130,000 average On3 NIL Valuation.

Campbell pledged to the Wildcats on Tuesday, picking Kentucky over Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Ohio State and Georgia. 

“Every school has great facilities, great trainers, great everything,” the in-state prospect told Wiltfong. “What made UK stand out is just the feeling all the staff gives off when I’m there.”

Coleman flipped his commitment from Auburn to Alabama in March, however, he still visited The Plains in June. He also took an official visit to Tuscaloosa later in the month.

Wynn committed toward the end of June, picking the Seminoles over schools like Georgia, South Carolina and Texas. The 6-foot-2, 325-pound defensive lineman is the nation’s No. 143 overall prospect, No. 12 defensive lineman and No. 19 recruit from Georgia in the 2025 cycle according to the On3 Industry Ranking.