Rashan Gary publicly declared for the NFL draft, and will not play in Michigan’s bowl game later this month in Atlanta.
Now he’s entering the business side of things.
Gary, a projected first-round pick and all-Big Ten defensive end, has launched a sports agency and signed with agent, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based attorney Darren Heitner Tweeted on Tuesday.
Rashan Gary Sports will be the name of the agency, with NFL agent Ian Clarke joining the company and serving as Gary’s primary agent. Gary, according to Heitner, will train for the NFL at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney, Texas.
Gary is in the process of trademarking the black and white “RG” insignia that is already in use on his social media accounts, including Twitter and Instagram. Expect it to pop up on branded apparel for purchase eventually, too.
The move isn’t uncommon, especially for early draft picks like Gary. ESPN’s Todd McShay has Gary going No. 2 overall, to the San Francisco 49ers, in the 2019 NFL draft in his latest mock draft. Mel Kiper also lists Gary as a first-round pick.
Gary, of Plainfield, N.J., played in nine games for Michigan in 2018, totaling 44 tackles (7 1/2 for a loss) and 3 1/2 sacks. He was hampered by a shoulder injury for most of the season, one that prevented him from playing in three games. Still, he was a first-team all-Big Ten defensive selection by the coaches and second-team choice by the media.
As a sophomore, Gary played in all 13 games, accumulating 66 tackles (12 for a loss) and six sacks.
The 6-foot-5, 283-pound Gary was a five-star prospect and former No. 1 overall recruit in 2016. His size and athleticism bode well for a future in the NFL.
EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME: Tyree Kinnel, Michigan’s senior safety and defensive co-captain, has joined Juwann Bushell-Beatty in accepting an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The game is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised on NFL Network.
Kinnel marks the fourth Michigan player to accept an invite to play in a post-season all-star game, joining Bushell-Beatty and Chase Winovich and Karan Higdon, both of whom plan to play in the Senior Bowl.