WWE professional wrestling signs former Georgia football player to NIL deal

Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, on July 13, 2019. Johnson was discovered in the "Next in Line" program that is signing college athletes to NIL deals. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images/TNS)

ATHENS — It’s hard to imagine the Georgia tight end room being any more stocked than it is, but if former elite recruit Luke Ford had stayed with the Bulldogs, there’s no telling what might have happened.

Ford, a 2018 UGA signee who had to sit out the 2019 season at Illinois before being eligible to play at his home state school in 2020, is coming off a 15-catch, 114-yard season for the Illini.

The WWE program was formed to find future talent, such as former Miami University player Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Georgia Tech player Roman Reigns.

Georgia is no stranger to producing wrestling entertainment, and former Bulldog defensive tackle Bill Goldberg, who lettered for Vince Dooley, actually stopped by campus recently for a visit.

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Former UGA star and current Baltimore Ravens lineman Ben Cleveland, with his dynamic personality, tremendous athleticism and giant size, would also seem a natural once his professional football career is finished.

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WWE Next in Line, per WCIA:

• Ali Mattox of Ole Miss, a 5-foot-7 cheer & dance athlete from Little Rock, Ark.

• Case Hatch of Arizona State, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound football player from Gilbert, Ariz.

• Chandler Hayden of Tennessee, a 5-foot-11 track & field athlete from Pittsfield, Ill.

• Cohlton Schultz of Arizona State, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound wrestler from Parker, Colo.

• Derrian Gobourne of Auburn, a 5-foot-4 gymnast from Sarasota, Fla.

• Ericka Link of Elon, a 5-foot-6 volleyball player from Hedgesville, W.Va.

• Keshaun Moore of Hampton, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound football player from Suffolk, Va.

• Luke Ford of Illinois, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound football player from Carterville, Ill.

• Maliq Carr of Michigan State, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound football and basketball player from Inkster, Mich.

• Mikala Hall of Central Michigan, a 5-foot-5 basketball player from Danville, Ill.

• Rachel Glenn of South Carolina, a 6-foot track & field athlete from Long Beach, Calif.

• Ruben Banks of Arkansas, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound track & field athlete from Binfield, England

• Thunder Keck of Stanford, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound football player from Northfield, N.H.

• Tyanna Omazic of Miami, a 6-foot-2 volleyball player from Kansas City, Mo.

• Zachary Knighton-Ward of Hofstra, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound wrestler from Rosedale, N.Y.

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