Announced on Friday, former University of Washington defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike has signed with Wasserman for representation. CJ LaBoy and Doug Hendrickson will be the lead agents for Onwuzurike.
The 2019 First Team All-Pac 12 selection registered a career-high 45 total tackles, including six tackles for loss, and two sacks last season. For his career, the Allen, TX, native recorded 95 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and seven sacks. A CBS Sports mock draft projects Onwuzurike to be selected with the 21st overall section. CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso wrote “Onwuzurike brings it with powerful hands and an always-humming motor.” ESPN’s Todd McShay has the former four-star recruit as the third-best defensive tackle and 71st-ranked player overall, while ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Onwuzurike as the fourth-best defensive tackle in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Onwuzurike is the second UW player to opt out of the 2020-21 season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, joining Joe Tyron. There have been some college football players that declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, most notably Purdue’s Rondale Moore and Minnesota’s Rashad Hageman, among others, only to rescind that commitment once their conference announced that the season was reinstated. However, Washington head coach Jimmy Lake confirmed to reporters that Onwuzurike and Tyron will not be opting back in.
Wasserman, who won Best Talent Representation of the Year at the Sports Business Journal’s 13th annual Sports Business Award show, had five players drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft — Antoine Winfield, Jr. (45th overall; Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Jaylon Johnson (50th overall; Chicago Bears), Kristian Fulton (61st overall; Tennessee Titans), Josiah Degura (94th overall; Green Bay Packers), and Alex Highsmith (102nd overall; Pittsburgh Steelers).