Want an hour with Matt Corral? That'll be $10,000. How Ole Miss' QB is betting on himself

Nick Suss
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

It might not seem worth it today to spend $10,000 for an hour with Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral. By the end of the season, Corral bets it'll seem like a bargain.

Now that college athletes can profit off their names, images and likenesses, the landscape of college athletics is changing. Players can make extra cash now from signing autographs, hosting youth camps, starting their own brands and clothing lines, appearing in advertisements or making public appearances, just to name a few options.

A website called Dreamfield has become a hub where people and companies can pay hourly rates to hire college athletes to make appearances at private events. Corral has made headlines and created plenty of social media fodder by setting his hourly rate at $10,000 for an appearance. 

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Corral told the Clarion Ledger no one has bitten on that price yet. That's partially by design.

"Honestly I didn't want to, I don't want to say waste my time, but I want to make it worth my time," Corral told The Clarion Ledger. "They can laugh at it all they want. When it comes to the season and I do what I'm supposed to do, I'm going to have the last laugh."

Making a quick buck (or 10,000 of them) isn't Corral's goal, even with NIL laws and protections passed. He said setting his dollar amount so high isn't about making money or showing clout. And it's not even an amount he decided on alone. He said he has a team of players, coaches and advisers he trusts that helps him navigate the new and complicated waters of the NIL era.

Scroll through the Dreamfield database and you'll find a number of Corral's Ole Miss teammates. Running back Jerrion Ealy set his quote at $1,000 an hour. Wide receiver Jonathan Mingo and linebacker MoMo Sanogo are asking for $500 an hour. Appearances from linemen Tariqious Tisdale and Jalen Cunningham cost $250 per hour. 

Corral and Ealy are some of the biggest names associated with Dreamfield, along with Miami quarterback D'Eriq King and Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton. But Corral said Ole Miss has an infrastructure that will prevent stars' big paydays from tearing the team apart.

Every Wednesday, Ole Miss players have a "get real" meeting. It's a chance for players to air their grievances about off-field matters in a group setting to build transparency and camaraderie. Corral said NIL matters have come up and no one is too concerned about that issue dividing the locker room.

"I feel like our team is the last team to worry about that," Corral said. "We're so close with each other. If you've got a problem, you're going to address it."

Still, Corral knows that money equals attention. He said he isn't looking for anything in particular. If the right brand or right opportunity approaches him, he'll consider it. If come November Corral is in the Heisman Trophy conversation and is paid $10,000 to appear at a private event and talk about it, he'll be discerning but he probably won't turn it down.

No college football players have had to deal with this wrinkle before, at least not publicly. It's a new consideration that players like Corral have to make, especially knowing how much of a privilege it is to be one of the select few players with enough notoriety to leverage his public and private image.

But when opportunities do arise, Corral said he's always going to go back to knowing what football is actually about.

"Some are more blessed than others," Corral said. "For those, they're going to get helped out, obviously. I'm going to be the one to be there for them and help them. But that's just when the ball starts rolling. When I start getting money, everything will start to even out. They're going to hear about it. I'm going to take care of my guys."

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