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New Agent Ryan Rubin Of RMI Athletics Signs A Couple Of Players On Defense

UCLA Bruins safety Dalton Hilliard has signed with new NFLPA Contract Advisor Ryan Rubin. Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
UCLA Bruins safety Dalton Hilliard has signed with new NFLPA Contract Advisor Ryan Rubin. Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Atlanta, Georgia-based RMI Athletics is new in the scene of representing professional athletes.  Yet Ryan Rubin, the founder and Contract Advisor at the company, already seems to be having success in what many insiders consider the toughest part of being an agent – recruiting new clientele.

Recently, Rubin signed Georgia Tech defensive tackle T.J. Barnes. ranks Barnes as the 42nd best DT available in the 2013 NFL Draft and the 541st best player overall.  However, Barnes, a 2012 Coaches All-ACC Football Honorable Mention, has an invitation to the NFL Combine, where in addition to at his school’s Pro Day, he will have a lot of room to rise up Draft boards (if he puts up better than expected numbers).  At 6’7, 345 lbs, Barnes is a very big boy, who has proven that he is able to cut weight when demanded by his coaching staff.

Rubin’s other football client is UCLA safety Dalton Hilliard, who has also shown some ability at running back and on special teams.  He separated his shoulder this past season and had to sit out the Pac-12 championship game, but he was able to take part in the Holiday Bowl.  It was not Hilliard’s best game; Baylor beat UCLA 49-26.

Neither Barnes nor Hilliard are expected to be high draft picks, and both could realistically go undrafted.  But it would not be surprising to see the DT and safety at least get picked up by teams and given a shot to prove themselves in camp.

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.