Dec
03

NFL Hopefuls Begin To Choose Their Representation

North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper (64) is one of three football players already committed to be represented by Todd France for the 2013 NFL Draft. Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

College football players who participate on teams that are bowl eligible will hold off on committing (verbally or in writing) to a particular agent and agency before the completion of their bowl games.  Making such a commitment prior to performing in the bowl game would make those players ineligible to perform based on NCAA regulations.

However, there are many players who will not be partaking in such post-season affairs, and have chosen to make a quick decision as to who will serve as their NFLPA certified Contract Advisors.  A couple of agents have reported signings to Sports Agent Blog, which we are happy to share.

Blake Baratz of The Institute for Athletes, a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based football agency, has signed Ohio State right tackle Reid Fragel.  Fragel, a 6’8, 310lb behemoth is someone who can rise up draft boards.  He is athletic and already down to only 9% body fat.  Even though Ohio State went undefeated under head coach Urban Meyer this season, the school has a bowl ban, thus Fragel was free to commit to Baratz.  Final note – Fragel has received a Senior Bowl invite.

Sports Agent Blog also learned that Jonathan Perzley and Brian Mackler of Sportstars, Inc., a New York-based football agency, signed Oday Aboushi from the University of Virginia.  Aboushi, an offensive tackle, was reportedly being recruited by strong rivals, including Impact Sports and Joel Segal of Lagardère Unlimited.

Our friends at InsideTheLeague.com have informed us that three University of North Carolina players have chosen their representation, all going with the same individual.  Todd France of Five Star Athlete Management will represent offensive guard Jonathan Cooper, offensive tackle Brennan Williams and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams.  Additionally, early indications are that all three UNC players will train at Athletes Performance in Arizona.