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Catching Up With Greg “Tripp” Linton’s 2012 NFL Draft Class

Roughly two weeks ago, I wrote about Greg “Tripp” Linton’s signing of Winston Guy, who just finished his Senior year at strong safety for the Kentucky Wildcats.  In the post, I mentioned that Linton, (an agent with HOF Player Representatives), is a proud Kentucky Wildcat, played on the school’s football team, and focuses much of his recruiting efforts on the players within his state, particularly at his alma mater.

Recently, Linton updated me with a list of players he has signed and will be representing leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft (and hopefully beyond).  In addition to Winston Guy, Linton is representing Adrian Hamilton, Ronnie Sneed, and most recently signed Wayne Tribue.

Adrian Hamilton

Adrian Hamilton is a defensive end from Prairie View A&M.  While many currently do not believe he is a guy who will be selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, the former transfer from Texas Tech is viewed as someone whose stock is rising.  In 2011, he shared Defensive Player of the Year Southwestern Athletic Conference honors with Cliff Exama (linebacker – Grambling State).  He racked up an awesome 20 sacks this past season.

Ronnie Sneed is another one of those Greg Linton Kentucky Wildcat clients.  While Sneed is not as coveted as Winston Guy (also a Linton client), the inside linebacker is known for his solid, consistent play at his position. currently ranks him as the 18th best inside linebacker available in the 2012 NFL Draft, out of a total of 103 players listed at that position.

Wayne Tribue is an offensive guard from Temple University.  In 2011, he was selected All-MAC Third Team and was honored with inclusion in the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his community service.  The kid certainly has a head on his shoulders.  He majored in biochemistry and has already taken the MCATs.  If he does not make it in the NFL, he will likely go to medical school.  Linton is hoping that Tribue has a long career as a professional football player before the offensive guard puts down the football in favor of the scalpel.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.