Andre Smith (yes, the guy pictured below) has seen his ups and downs in a short span of time.
Before Bowl season, he was listed as the best Offensive Lineman going into the 2009 NFL Draft. Then he was banned from playing in the Sugar Bowl for apparently having dealing with an agent (which is a big no-no when you are a collegiate athlete). Even though Smith was suspended from what would probably have been the most important single game of his young career, no one thought that it would take any toll on his draft stock.
The winner of the Andre Smith sweepstakes was Alvin Keels and Global Management Group. Many rumors had been circulating that Todd France and FAAM were the favorites, but Keels came out on top. For the time being. I doubt that Keels knew what he was getting into when the talented O-Lineman signed with his company. Andre Smith ended up showing at the NFL Combine unfit to perform, refused to participate, and then fled the scene. To make matters worse, the picture above came out and the press was eating it up.
Then Smith scored a 17 on his Wonderlic Test. And then, with only days remaining before the NFL Draft, Smith dropped Keels in favor of Priority Sports. Somehow, some way, Smith was a top 10 pick. His thanks to Priority Sports was a big middle finger. Yesterday, Jim Trotter of SI.com reported that Smith dropped Priority Sports and guess who Smith is apparently going to hire to fill the void…Alvin Keels.
This is what Keels had to say in response:
“I haven’t been rehired yet,” Keels told us via e-mail. “Honestly, I might not get him back. If I do get him back it definitely wasn’t planned that he fire then rehire me.”
But who fires an agent only to re-hire him later? Oh wait, apparently Jeremy Shockey is in the midst of doing the same thing with Rosenhaus Sports Representation as we speak.
Interestingly, Neil Stratton of InsideTheLeague.com reports that even before Smith first hired Keels, he was with DeBartolo Sports. That means that once Smith officially signs with a new agent (or a new agent who also happens to be a former agent), it will be the fourth time he has signed on the dotted line. Andre Smith has still not taken a snap in a professional game.