It’s been a busy month for the XFL, and spring football in general. We finally have more clarity on which teams are in the merger, and which organizations are out.
As it stands right now, it will be an 8 team league in 2024. However, XFL teams have been consistently signing players to Letters Of Intent, grabbing some big-time names throughout the last couple of months.
Let’s take a look at the latest batches, and which athletes to watch in the upcoming dispersal drafts.
Right off the bat, a big name in free agency pickups is Holton Ahlers. Many are familiar with his success as East Carolina, where he served the Pirates with quality play for several years.
Ahlers racked up almost 14,000 passing yards and 97 touchdowns during his college career. He was the starter at ECU for five years, most recently tossing for 3,708 yards and 28 touchdowns in his senior season.
Kai QB Holton Ahlers from East Carolina throws a 20-yard touchdown pass to TE Michael Ezeike from UCLA!
Ahlers made it on Seattle’s practice squad to begin the season, but was released on October 18th. It’s intriguing to see Arlington pick up another quarterback, as they already have Championship winning QB Luis Perez on the roster. In addition, they signed Connor Degenhardt and Connor Blumrick to LOI’s.
DL Tomasi Laulile
Tomasi Laulile has signed a LOI to return to Arlington. The spring football star has been in and out of the NFL for the past two years following his USFL/XFL Campaigns.
Laulile spent the 2022 USFL season with the Houston Gamblers, and performed quite well that year. He posted 21 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and had a fumble recovery for a touchdown in week six against New Jersey.
Laulile signed with the San Francisco 49ers, but was released before the NFL season. Tomasi burst onto the scene in the XFL with Arlington, scoring the first touchdown of the year for the team with a pick six.
BIG PLAY FOR THE RENEGADES. Luis Perez gets picked off by Tomasi Laulile, who takes it all the way to the house.
He started in eight of nine regular season games played for the Renegades, and won the Championship. After another stint with the 49ers this summer, he now returns to Jay Hayes’ defense.
LB Noah Taylor
Arlington has been active in picking up defensive free agents through Letters Of Intent throughout this offseason process. Noah Taylor has signed a LOI with the team, out of North Carolina.
He began his career in college at Virginia, totaling 57 tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions in 2019. Taylor then started in all nine games in 2020, racking up 44 tackles, one interception, and three sacks.
Noah had another outstanding season in 2021, starting in all twelve games that season. He posted 69 tackles and 3.5 sacks that year. Then, in 2022 Taylor transferred to North Carolina and started in all eight games he played in, registering 28 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 PBU’s, 1 INT, and 3.5 sacks.
At the top of the line, Virginia transfer Noah Taylor (#7) gets his first sack with the Tarheels using speed off the edge. He forces the OL to lunge and at that point, it's already over. pic.twitter.com/Y5LKPsfJXJ
During the 2019 NFL season, Conley started in six games for the Raiders. He played quite well, posting an interception alongside 23 tackles. He was moved to the Houston Texans midway through the year, though, where he tallied another 27 tackles to finish out the year.
Tyler Beach is a solid pick up for the offensive line, providing some depth to an organization that needs it. San Antonio struggled with quality line play in 2023 for a good chunk of the season.
Beach played his college football at Wisconsin, beginning his career as a rotational piece before solidifying himself as a starter down the stretch. Tyler started in 20 of his final 23 games with Wisconsin.
DB Bryce Thompson
Bryce Thompson is a tremendous pickup for the San Antonio Brahmas. Thompson is no stranger to the XFL, and fans will recognize him from his time with Seattle.
Following his college career at Tennessee, Bryce spent two years with the New Orleans Saints. He was active for 8 games, totaling two tackles between 2021-2022.
In 2023, Thompson played for the Seattle Sea Dragons in the XFl. He was excellent, posting 34 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and two interceptions as one of the top defenders in the league.
The atmosphere in DC for the @XFL2023 is crazy, to say the least.
The NFL took notice, and rightfully so. Bryce signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins, and saw some playing time during the preseason. Now he returns to the XFL after his release, and finds a new home with the Brahmas.
DB Bubba Bolden
Another secondary signing for San Antonio is Bubba Bolden, out of Miami. Bolden began his college career at USC, but saw limited action through two seasons.
Bubba then transferred to Miami, totaling 116 tackles and an interception across his final two years there. He garnered plenty of NFL interest, having stints with the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns since.
Interestingly enough, Bolden was originally drafted by the Brahmas in 2022, but he ended up not playing as he had NFL opportunities. With those behind him, San Antonio gets their prospect back.
There have been a couple other LOI signings as of late, including a couple of athletes with the Seattle Sea Dragons – a team set to be shelved in the USFL XFL merger.
One of the major stories this week was the addition of XFL Defensive Player of the Year, DE Pita Taumoepenu, to the St. Louis Battlehawks.
What are your thoughts on Gareon Conley in DC? Which players will make an impact in San Antonio? Will Holton Ahlers give Perez a run for his money? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!