A new state law will take effect later this month allowing high school athletes who sign a national letter of intent with an in-state college or university to profit from their name, image and likeness. Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 417 in July, and said that it may already be having an impact on future signing classes.
Top defensive lineman prospect Williams Nwaneri of Lee’s Summit North announced his commitment to Mizzou last week. When the new law takes effect August 28th, Nwaneri and other athletes who commit to in-state schools would be eligible to seek endorsement deals and representation without jeopardizing their remaining high school eligibility. In anticipation of the new law, MSHSAA members voted overwhelmingly this spring to clarify their by-laws with respect to name, image and likeness.