The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing lists twenty-six athlete agents that have registered with the state since it started implementing registration requirements. Eighteen of those twenty-six agents have had their Utah licenses expire, leaving only eight agents with the legal right to confront Utah student athletes about representation. David Canter, an agent in my backyard of South Florida, is the only registered agent based in Florida, and seems to be having a lot of success being one of eight agents registered in Utah.
Canter has already signed DE Paul Kruger, CB Sean Smith, QB Brian Johnson, RB Darrell Mack and WR Freddie Brown. It sure says a lot about Canter to be able to sign four players from the same school that happen to play far away from his headquarters. NFL Draft Scout project all of Canter’s senior Utah clients (Mack and Brown) to end up as non-drafted free agents, but with that being said, I am sure that Canter is looking long term on those two. Locking up four guys from Utah in this draft should give him great access to future Utes stars as long as he does a good job with those that he will represent in this year’s class.
And then there’s Paul Kruger, who should headline Canter’s class. He is only a redshirt sophomore, but has declared for the draft and projects to be a first day draft pick. Sean Smith (junior) also has a chance at being a day one pick. If both guys end up going first round, DEC Management is sure to gain some great press in Utah papers as well as down in SoFla.