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On3 NIL Valuation: High school running back averages

Nakos updated headshotby:Pete Nakos07/02/24


On3 tracks the top 15 high school running backs according to the On3 Industry Ranking, breaking down the average running back On3 NIL Valuation.

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:

RBs 1-5: Average $217K

Running backs Harlem Berry (LSU commit), Akylin Dear, Gideon Davidson (Clemson commit), Ousmane Kromah and Jordon Davison (Oregon commit) make up the top five running backs in the 2025 class according to the On3 Industry Ranking. The top five tailbacks have an average On3 NIL Valuation of $217,000.

Berry is the only five-star running back in the cycle and has been locked in with the Tigers since January. Through his first two seasons of varsity football, he had 4,723 all-purpose yards and 67 touchdowns. 

“[People think] We don’t give what people deserve, but really and truly you get what you deserve,” said Berry, who has not visited any other campuses since committing to LSU. “You really shouldn’t be focused on money. You’re just trying to ball when you go to LSU. … That’s the main goal, just being a team player you want to win a natty with your boys.”

In the 2023 season at Lee County High (Georgia), Kromah was named the region player of the year after rushing for 1,783 yards, 20 rushing touchdowns, and catching 31 passes for 522 yards with nine more touchdowns. According to On3’s Chad Simmons, Auburn has quietly emerged as the school to watch for the running back after getting him on campus for an official visit in May.

Davison committed to Oregon last week, picking the Ducks over Ohio State.

RBs 6-10: Average $138K

The top 10 running backs in the 2025 cycle according to the On3 Industry Ranking are rounded out by Anthony Rogers (Alabama commit), Michael Turner, Alvin Henderson (Auburn commit), Girard Pringle (Miami commit) and James Simon (Texas commit). The running backs have an average On3 NIL Valuation of $138,000.

The only uncommitted back in this group is Turner. He recently told On3’s Billy Embody that Utah, SMU, TCU, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Missouri are all in the mix, however, a leader has yet to emerge. He’s aiming to announce a commitment in the middle of July. SMU hosted him for an official visit in May and had the Dallas area standout on campus numerous times this spring.

“The players that attend SMU (stuck out),” he said. “They were telling me more about it and it was clicking. The academics, football and record. Coach [Rhett] Lashlee (stands out). He’s real genuine. He’s going to tell you right, never tell you wrong.”

Embody, Simmons and Steve Wiltfong have all logged predictions for Turner to land at SMU.

RBs 11-15: Average $108K

The running backs ranked No. 11 to No. 15 in the On3 Industry Ranking hold an average On3 NIL Valuation of $108,000. JT Lindsey (LSU commit), Marquise Davis (Kentucky commit), Jabree Wallace-Coleman (Penn State commit), Byron Louis and Deondrae Riden (Texas A&M commit) make up this group.

The No. 14 running back recruit in the nation, Byron Louis has yet to make a commitment. He took visits to Miami, Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida State throughout May and June. But the Seminoles have the momentum in early July after a strong visit to Tallahassee.

“The visit went great!” Louis told Wiltfong. “What excites me about the program is the people. Coach Norvell and his coaching staff are awesome!”