Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross thinks that some college players will leave the NCAA to play in the XFL, that is, if the money is right.
Ross told Bleacher Report that before his big breakout he was ready to transfer and felt disappointed over receiving little playing time in Clemson’s first two games of the season. His mother told him to stay at Clemson, but he admitted that an XFL paycheck could be an alluring reason for some players to leave college before they’re eligible to enter the NFL.
“If [the XFL] is offering that kind of money, that’s hard for an 18- or 19-year-old to turn down,” Ross said. “If you really need that money, oh yeah, go do that. Something could happen. You can get hurt. Anything can happen. You have to take care of yourself because it can be over just like that.”
An anonymous Power Five coach told Bleacher Report that he thinks a handful of well-known players leaving for the XFL could spark a chain reaction.
“It all depends on the viability of the XFL,” he said. “All it takes is a couple of big-name guys to take that money, and others will follow. Once that happens, how does the NCAA respond? Do we continue to allow talented young players to leave, or do we up the ante with stipends or allow them to market themselves or both?