Less than a week after the NCAA announced college athletes could be compensated for their name, image and likeness, former Sun Valley High quarterback Sam Howell signed with a sports management agency .
According to sports journalist Darren Rovell, Howell has retained the services of Everett Sports Marketing. The agency posted on its Instagram on Tuesday to confirm the announcement.
“We are delighted to welcome @ sam7howell to the ESM family,” Everett Sports said on Instagram Tuesday. “The preseason All-American quarterback combined an undisputed work ethic and a dedicated film studies regiment with humble demeanor and quiet confidence to be one of the nation’s top college football players.”
Howell is one of two current college players currently signed with ESM, joining Georgia quarterback JT Daniels, who could also be one of the top prospects in the 2022 draft. Everett’s professional client list Sports include NFL running backs Nick Chubb and Jonathan Taylor and The 2021 Draft picks Kyle Pitts, Mac Jones, Javonte Williams, Chuba Hubbard and Terrace Marshall. Hubbard and Marshall were both drafted by the Panthers in the spring.
Howell isn’t the only former Union County athlete to take advantage of the new NIL rules. Former Porter Ridge QB and current Carolina Coast Red Shirt sophomore Grayson McCall is currently selling a t-shirt with his name, photo, and nickname “McMullet” on playermakerbrand.com for $ 27 each.
Former Weddington running back Will Shipley has yet to sign any sponsorship deals, but has called on a notable brand to make him an offer. In a response to a Chipotle tweet that read “@ a varsity athlete in need of Chipotle sponsorship,” Shipley replied, “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for some time, I can promise you. I love Chipotle more than anyone in the world. SPONSOR ME. “
Signing with Everett will allow Howell to negotiate approval deals that will earn him extra money before he graduates. If the rest of the college landscape is any indication, Howell could team up with a local restaurant in Chapel Hill or perhaps one of the area gyms.
This week, a handful of Arkansas offensive linemen announced they had signed deals to support Wright’s Barbecue, a restaurant in Johnson and Bentonville, Ark. In South Florida, a Miami booster announced that it is offering all 90 Miami stock players monthly contracts. up to $ 500 per month to help promote its American Top Team mixed martial arts training academies.
Expect Howell to sign a few sponsorship deals ahead of the start of the season as he takes advantage of the hype ahead of what will likely be his final season at Chapel Hill. In two years with the Tar Heels, Howell threw for 7,227 yards and 68 touchdowns – which are tied for the UNC program record – against 14 interceptions.
Howell is expected to be among the best quarterbacks selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. Some current simulation projects have picked him up to No.2 overall, while others take him out of the first round. . The 6-foot-1 quarterback’s draft stock will no doubt be affected by how he plays this coming season.
Howell will be the focal point of UNC’s offense this season after the Tar Heels had four talented players – running backs Michael Carter and Javonte Williams and receivers Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome.
The North Carolina roster’s top returning receiver is Khafre Brown, Dyami’s younger brother, who caught 15 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns last season. Howell is the best returning rusher, having carried the ball 92 times for 146 yards and five touchdowns in 2020. In college, sacks count towards your rush total.
UNC kicks off the 2021 season on September 3 on the road against Virginia Tech.