QB1 has a sweet new ride.
It looks like C.J. Stroud has made some excellent use of his NIL, partnering with luxury car dealer Sarchione Auto Gallery in Canton which will allow him access to a variety of high-end vehicles.
Initially, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Stroud would be taking home a $150,000 Bentley Bentayga, but ABC6 reported that Stroud actually drove away in with a $200,000 Mercedes AMG G Wagon instead.
According to ABC6, Stroud will try out multiple vehicles throughout the duration of the deal, swapping vehicles every 45-60 days.
As part of the deal, Stroud will promote the auto dealership on social media and make public appearances at its gallery, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
According to The Dispatch, Stroud received offers from other car dealerships but was interested in this one after seeing former teammate Chris Olave driving a BMW X7 ahead of the NFL draft as part of a similar partnership. So he had his agency reach out, and they worked out a deal.
“If somebody is that adamant about it, and they’re going to be a Heisman frontrunner, top-10 pick in the draft, we're interested,” Sarchione Auto Gallery general manager Ryan Burton told The Dispatch. “That's how it all came together.”
This marks the first partnership the dealership has made with an Ohio State player since the NCAA's NIL rule changes, but Burton told The Dispatch that he expects to work with a couple of other Ohio State players this year.