On September 16, 2010, I researched and provided some facts regarding Chris Hawkins’ background. He was responsible for purchasing A.J. Green’s jersey for $1,000, which set the Georgia wide-receiver back four games at the beginning of the 2010 season. But that’s not the end of his connections to student-athletes.
Hawkins played college ball at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and has reportedly contacted several sports agents about potentially representing UNC players in the 2011 draft. At least two agents were supposedly on the NCAA’s radar – Peter Schaffer of All Pro Sports & Entertainment and Kevin Connor of Universal Sports Management.
Connor quickly denied having any relationship with Hawkins and stated that the NCAA had not even contacted him about ever speaking with Hawkins. Da’Norris Searcy, ranked as the 10th strong safety and given a 7th-free agent draft projection, has signed with Connor of Universal Sports.
Schaffer, who was invited to UNC spring practice to educate players about NCAA rules regarding agents, has admitted to having dealings with Hawkins. Schaffer has signed UNC seniors Johnny White and Kendrick Burney to represent leading up to the NFL Draft. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Burney as the 14th best CB in the nation, and projects him being drafted in the 4-5th round. The same website ranks white as the 42nd best RB, and does not believe he will be drafted at all.
After Josh Luchs spoke to Sports Illustrated about his own unscrupulous recruiting tactics, Schaffer provided his insight on the matter to John Henderson of The Denver Post. Henderson believes that Schaffer is one of the “good guys.” Schaffer talks a lot about the “bad guys” at various school seminars, including the one he allegedly gave at UNC spring practice.
There are other UNC players who have already chosen their representation, as well.
- Greg Little is represented by Octagon.
- Alan Pelc is represented by GAME Sports & Entertainment (even though the NFLPA has issued a disciplinary complaint against Ian Greengross).
- Robert Quinn and Bruce Carter have signed with Carl Carey (who received his Ph.D from UNC in 2000) of Champion Pro Consulting.
- Deunta Williams signed with Maximum Sports (who also signed UNC’s Marvin Austin).
Meanwhile, what’s going on with North Carolina’s Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall? Maybe she should give a call to someone in the state of Arkansas.
This article originally appeared on the Sports Agent Blog.