Was John Blake Involved In Marvin Austin’s Agent Selection Process?
Marvin Austin was front and center in the 2010 UNC Football Scandal. He is now at the head of the Maximum Sports Management 2010 Draft Class. The company is currently celebrating having 6 players selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl (Jairus Byrd, Steven Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald, Jason peters, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Adrian Wilson), but be sure that Roosevelt Barnes, Jr. is also quite happy about the Marvin Austin signing. Even though Austin sat out all of the 2010 season, NFL Draft Scout lists him as the 3rd best Defensive Tackle in the country and projects Austin as a 2nd round pick. If he impresses scouts at his Pro Day and/or the NFL Combine, expect him to jump back to a 1st round rating.
At least one person thinks that John Blake (former UNC assistant football coach) could have had something to do with Austin’s selection of Barnes and Maximum Sports. We already know about the connection between Blake and Gary Wichard, but what about a potential tie between Blake and Maximum Sports? Here is a Tweet from September 22, 2010, made by ESPN’s Bruce Feldman:
I assume that J-Clowney is Jadeveon Clowney, a 5-star Defensive End from South Carolina. That guy Suh, Ndamukong Suh, is a Maximum Sports client. Did Blake ever make that recruiting pitch? Did he influence Suh’s decision to sign with Maximum Sports? What else could he have been referring to when he stated, “I got him right?” How could he possibly be taking credit for Suh’s success at Nebraska?
My thought is that it has nothing to do with a pitch to deliver Suh to Maximum Sports. Blake was probably recruiting Suh to Nebraska while Suh was still at Grant High School in Portland, Oregon. Prior to becoming a coach at UNC, Blake was the D-Line coach at the University of Nebraska from 2004-2006. But I do see why that recruiting pitch makes certain people wonder what Blake was trying to sell.