Stanford sees “no chance” Paulson Adebo doesn’t declare for 2020 draft

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Once a college football player has decided he’ll enter the next year’s NFL draft, how much longer should he keep playing for free? That may be a question that Staford cornerback Paulson Adebo is asking himself right now.

Adebo is in his third year out of high school and will be eligible for the 2020 NFL draft, and he and Stanford already know that he’s going pro, even though he didn’t play at all as a freshman and therefore could maintain his NCAA eligibility long enough to stay at Stanford for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons if he wanted.

But Todd McShay said during the ESPN broadcast of Stanford’s game on Saturday night that Stanford coach David Shaw told him that Adebo, a likely high first-round pick, will definitely turn pro.

“I know there’s no chance we’re bringing him back,” Shaw told McShay.

Given that, Adebo ought to be thinking about just how much longer he’s going to play. A Stanford player, Christian McCaffrey, was among the first to set the trend of draft prospects sitting out bowl games, and it seems likely Adebo will do that this year. But what about stepping away even sooner? Last year Nick Bosa decided early in the college football season to leave Ohio State entirely after suffering an injury. Adebo is among the college players who should be thinking this year about whether to step away, even in the middle of the season.

11 responses to “Stanford sees “no chance” Paulson Adebo doesn’t declare for 2020 draft

  1. Colleges only get so many scholarships they can offer. I’m sure they’d rather use them on players who intend to play while they’re with that college. Sitting out is cheating the school and other kids who would love to play for a scholarship. What a disgrace this practice is. “Me me me”

  2. Yeah and players should also refuse to play in non contract years and if their team is eliminated from playoff contention. Why play at all? Just have them play each other in Madden.

  3. The NCAA is so corrupt it’s sad. Don’t blame the players at when the universities are taking in millions of dollars off their ‘students.’ You’re kidding yourself if you think offering a blue chip athlete a full ride is equivalent to the amount of money that kid brings into the university. I hope the bill LeBron is pushing in CA gains some steam and student athletes can be compensated for their sport. This day and age is just different with all the TV deals and media coverage, it’s not the same as student/athletes of the last decades. For example, let’s say Trevor Lawrence is getting a free education as an athlete (which I’m sure he is) and we value that at 150,000 (Clemson isn’t that much though) the school is making millions of dollars off his football play, bowl games, etc…. perhaps if these student athletes could be paid ‘something’ it could buck this trend of sitting out.

  4. What’s a year of tuition, books, room and board going for at Stanford these days? He’s not playing for free. Not even close.

  5. As Charles Barkley said when did life become all about money? Let people make their own decision

  6. If he is not going to play, then be should have to give up the free dorm room aND meal card. Plus return any unearned part of his contract with Stanford. And he should be responsible for paying for his own sports management classes.

  7. He’s already created his brand. He doesn’t need Stanford anymore. Spend the year training, getting ready for the combine. Get an agent, an insurance policy, and some up-front capital from investors or sponsors. Why should the NCAA be the only entity that profits from these kids?

  8. Play for free? What a load. He has been directly compensated for his ability to run around a game field with a scholarship (that many non-football-players work extremely hard to try to receive) worth tens of thousands of dollars. He has been granted access to world-class training facilities and had his skills that set him up for his profession honed by experts, and on top of all that he will receive a lifetime of networking benefit through his academic institution that will give him a major leg up in many areas he could choose to make a living post-football. The claim that these athletes play for free is one of the great crock notions in today’s society, and it’s insulting to those of us who understand otherwise.

  9. If players started doing that, there would be a lot of teams that would lose several players. Ohio State has probably at least 2 or 3 players that know they’re leaving and will be high draft picks. Alabama probably has more than that. Some kids play for the glory of winning a college championship, also. That’s something they can tell their grandkids about.

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