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Athletes First Signs USC’s Marqise Lee, Xavier Grimble And Dion Bailey

USATSI_7628926_155451184_lowresAthletes First is arguably the early leader in the clubhouse during the player-agent signing phase, having signed a number of former student-athletes, including a recent trio of players from the University of Southern California.  NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor, Andrew Kessler, will represent wide receiver Marqise Lee (pictured above), tight end Xavier Grimble and defensive back Dion Bailey.

“I am extremely excited to work with and represent a group of great USC players in Marqise, Dion, and Xavier, and all the other talented Athletes First clients in the upcoming draft,” Kessler said.  “These guys are truly unique talents who I think will be a success in the NFL.  Athletes First will once again be representing a great group of rookies and we will do all we can to help them in their transition from college to the NFL and throughout their entire careers.”

Lee — one of the top-rated wide receivers in this year’s Draft behind Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans — is a projected first round selection.  His breakout season came in 2012 where he grabbed 118 receptions for 1,700-plus yards and 14 touchdowns, earning himself Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors along with the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given annual to the nation’s outstanding college football receiver. lists Xavier Grimble as the No. 13 best tight end available in May’s Draft while ranks the Las Vegas, Nevada native as the No. 4 top tight end.  He finished his career at USC with 69 receptions for 731 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Dion Bailey finished his junior season with 61 tackles and five interceptions before declaring for the 2014 Draft.  He was named to the Second Team All-Pac 12 in 2013.  As a freshman in 2011, the Lakewood, California native recorded 81 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions in addition to Pac 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors. ranks Bailey as the No. 3 safety in the 2014 Draft and is a projected third round selection.

Image Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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.