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On3 NIL Valuation: High school safety averages

Nakos updated headshotby:Pete Nakos07/03/24

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On3 is tracking the top 15 high school safety recruits 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:

Safeties 1-5: Average $258K

Jonah Williams, Trey McNutt, Faheem Delane (Ohio State commit), Tae Harris (Clemson commit) and Hylton Stubbs make up the top five safeties in the 2025 class according to the On3 Industry Ranking. The group has an average On3 NIL Valuation of $258,000.

The No. 1 safety in the country, Williams took officials to Texas A&M, LSU and most recently Oregon. While Oklahoma is trending on the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, Williams told On3’s Steve Wiltfong he’s looking forward to getting back to Eugene again. Wiltfong logged a prediction for Williams to land with the Aggies in May.

Williams caught 20 passes for 474 yards and eight touchdowns in 2023, recording 58 tackles, four tackles for loss and four interceptions. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns.

McNutt is also still available. The Ducks are leading in the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM) for the Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School five-star safety with a 74.7% chance of landing his commitment. Wiltfong logged an expert prediction for McNutt to commit to Oregon earlier this week.

McNutt finished the 2023 season with 61 tackles, three tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. On the offensive side of the ball, he posted with 611 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

Set to announce his commitment on Thursday, Stubbs decommitted from USC last week and is now trending to Miami, according to the On3 RPM. Wiltfong logged a pick for the safety to land with the Hurricanes while Florida tries to make a run at the top-100 recruit.

Safeties 6-10: Average $174K

Anquon Fegans, Ivan Taylor (Notre Dame commit), Eric Winters (Auburn commit), Jordan Young and Kainoa Winston (Michigan commit) round out the top 10 safeties in the 2025 class according to the On3 Industry Ranking. The safeties have a $174,000 average On3 NIL Valuation.

Fegans visited Clemson, Miami, Georgia and LSU during official visit season. But it’s Auburn that currently holds the edge in the On3 RPM, with multiple predictions logged for the Tigers. He’s slated to be back on The Plains for an unofficial visit later this month. The Thompson (Alabama) High safety is the brother of Tre’quon Fegans, the former Alabama and USC cornerback who recently transferred to UCF.

Young is not expected to decide until this fall. Clemson is still viewed as the leader at the moment, but he visited Michigan, NC State and Florida State in June.

Safeties 11-15: Average $118K

Dallas Golden (Notre Dame commit), Lagonza Hayward, Kendarius Reddick (UCF commit), Jontae Gilbert and JaDon Blair round out the top 15 safeties in the 2025 cycle according to the On3 Industry Ranking. The safeties have an average On3 NIL Valuation of $118,000.

While Blair is the No. 15 safety in the class, On3 has the 6-foot-4.5, 195-pound safety as its No. 85 overall recruit. Set to commit on July 5, Notre Dame is the current leader for Blair. He posted 56 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble in 13 games in 2023. He played some wide receiver, too, and hauled in 10 passes for 255 yards with 6 touchdowns.

Gilbert will commit on August 10 and choose between GeorgiaGeorgia TechLouisvilleNC State and UCF. Gilbert was at one time committed to Ohio State but is now down to a group of ACC and SEC schools. According to On3’s Chad Simmons, Georgia is the in-state school and the Bulldogs have come on strong recently. Gilbert camped at Georgia, he took an official visit to Athens and the communication has picked up in recent weeks.

For Hayward, Tennessee has been the frontrunner for months, Simmons recently wrote. Florida and South Carolina are the top competition.