Last Updated on February 2, 2024
Just weeks after settling into his new home on the campus of Ohio State University, five-star transfer quarterback Julian Sayin announced his first major name, image, and likeness deal.
The class of 2024 signal-caller has entered into a multi-year partnership with Panini America, a sports and entertainment collectibles company based in Texas. Sayin’s deal includes autographs that will be featured in Panini’s upcoming product releases.
“You always dream of getting your first trading card, I’m excited and proud to be partnering with Panini for my exclusive autograph trading cards,” Sayin said.
The newest Buckeye finished his prolific prep career at Carlsbad High School in California with a 30-4 record as the starter. He also threw for 86 touchdowns and nearly 8,000 yards, all while completing more than 70% of his passes during that span.
Ranked as the third-best quarterback in his class by 247Sports, Sayin initially signed with and enrolled at Alabama – selecting the Crimson Tide over offers from Georgia, Michigan, and others – before the Rose Bowl. However, on January 21, following Alabama head coach Nick Saban announcing his retirement, he entered the transfer portal. In the spring, Sayin, along with Kansas State transfer quarterback Will Howard, will compete for Ohio State’s starting quarterback job.
“We are excited to announce our partnership with Julian – he is a special player and we look forward to following his collegiate career and beyond,” said Jason Howarth, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Athlete Relations. “We are excited to share his Panini products, especially with Buckeyes fans.”
Sayin joins an impressive roster of college athletes at Panini that includes Texas quarterbacks Quinn Ewers and Arch Manning, USC wide receiver Zachariah Branch, and Nebraska volleyball star Lexi Rodriguez.