Editor’s Note: Welcome to the second edition of the Sports Agents Corner. Each week, we run through a list of hot topics with Dallas-based sports agent Gary Glick of Synergy Sports, Inc.
Midwest Sports Fans: From a scout’s perspective, projecting forward with respect to his potential NFL career, how good of an overall on- and off-field prospect is Colt McCoy?
Gary Glick: Honestly, Iâ€™m not as familiar with Colt McCoy as I should be because last year, I simply did not see him as that good of a QB. In fact, I have spoken with NFL Scouts who thought that Stephen McGee (Texas A&M) was a better Pro Prospect. Colt McCoy has really turned it around this year and looks to be not only a versatile QB who can pass and run the ball, he looks to be the leader of the team on Offense. From those persons with whom Iâ€™ve spoken, he seems to be a sincere player who is strong in his beliefs and convictions. I will be curious to watch the scouting reports and to see how far he moves up.
MSF: Colt McCoy recently stated that he is planning to return for his senior season. What are your thoughts on his decision, and players leaving school early in general?
Gary Glick: First, I am a big advocate of education and getting a degree. With that said, it’s easy enough and quite common for a player to return later and obtain their degree. Personally, I hardly EVER recommend a player leave school early. On the other hand, each player has his own individual needs and considerations. There are those that know they will be drafted and are in such a financial position they do not feel they have a choice. They may sacrifice the potential for a higher payday if they were to wait another season; however, in their mind, they may feel they have no choice and the temptation of a minimum salary of $310,000 when in financial trouble can be hard to resist; not to mention the risk of injury.
On the other hand, as mentioned, I place a high degree of importance on finishing college. I believe it’s important to the playerâ€™s development and it’s important to the coaches. Further, a person only gets to live that â€œcollege lifeâ€ one time. For those of us making a living day-to-day in the real world, the memories made in those four years of college (well, for some make that 5-7 years) can never be replaced. Players like Matt Leinert are willing to take the risk of sacrificing draft dollars to play out their senior season.
I admire Colt McCoy for that decision and hope it works for him. Although as an Aggie, Colt may be one player we would like to see leave early!
MSF: Have you been surprised at all by the divergence of the paths of Colt McCoy and Chase Daniel over the past few weeks?
Gary Glick: Absolutely. I was fortunate enough to have followed Chase Danielâ€™s career all the way back to high school at Southlake (in Dallas, TX). And I guess I was unfortunate enough to watch him on several occasions dismantle my former high school team (Lake Highlands) even when LH was a decent team. Iâ€™ve scouted Missouri and have watched as Chase Daniel has become a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. He is a team leader and although by NFL standards he is considered by many to be too small, he plays with a ton of heart. He reminds me of the QB version of Wes Welker.
On the other hand, Colt McCoy, until this season, did not look the same after being knocked out of the Texas A&M game a few seasons ago. Again, I will be curious to see how the scouts grade him but in my opinion, he is one of the better college QBâ€™s I have seen this season (I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan and he may be better than some Pro QBâ€™s as wellâ€¦not to mention any names).
MSF: If you could choose any of the Big 12 QB’s for a client, who would it be and why? And where would Baylor freshman Robert Griffith fall in the hierarchy?
Gary Glick: It probably WOULD be Griffith, but he is only a Freshman so there’s time. Of the other QBâ€™s, I would probably choose Sam Bradford at OU as he is in a Pro Style offense in a very tough conference and is incredibly successful. Additionally, OU seems to excel at the preparation of their players for the next level. Off the field, Bradford also has a good reputation. His size and ability seem to mesh well with the prototypical NFL QBâ€™s.
MSF: You are a Texas A&M grad. What are three things Mike Sherman needs to do to get the program turned around?
Gary Glick: Touchy subject! I would say that recruiting is a huge first step. I know that Coach Sherman has made some good choices in the people he has surrounded himself with such as Tim Cassidy, an excellent recruiter of talent in the state of Texas. Next, and something I believe Coach Sherman has done, is surround himself with a good coaching staff. Finally, utilize the talent that he has. For this year, although it appears the talent level is lower than in years past, and the Win/Loss record is not terribly favorable, you would still like to see them play as they did in the first half of the Texas Tech game. They were scrappy and determined and looked for awhile like they might have a chance for an upset.
As I am an Aggie, I can speak for those I know when I say that the Aggie faithful are getting impatient. I do believe that Coach Sherman will turn it around once he has had an opportunity to institute his system with players he and his staff recruit.
MSF: What goes into recruiting an athlete from the point of his senior year in college through his signing with an NFL team?
Gary Glick: The answer is a little vague in that it differs from player to player. We are at a point at Synergy Sports where we get a number of players by word-of-mouth. On the other hand, there are a number of ways a player can be recruited.
Most schools now have what’s called â€œPlayer/Agentâ€ week where agents registered with the secretary of state and with a particular school are invited to meet with the Seniors in a controlled environment. Of course, it’s ultimately the playersâ€™ choice as to whom they want to meet. After the meeting, an agent is allowed to communicate with a player through the schoolâ€™s athletic compliance office. Once a relationship is established, the agent gets to know the player through this series of communications. The player can then sign a Representation Agreement with the agent after the last game of his season (that includes Bowl Games). Thatâ€™s when the fun begins.
Generally the agent will fund the playersâ€™ training for the NFL Combine, the schoolâ€™s Pro Day, etc. Some agents make repayment a part of the contract with the player. The ultimate goal is to put the player in the best position to get drafted or to be signed as an undrafted Free Agent.
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