While his rap career might be riding off into the sunset, Jay Z’s burgeoning sports agency is young, hungry and looking for budding superstars to match its energy.
Jay Z has already signed star players Kevin Durant and Robinson Cano to his new sports agency, and according to Jose Martinez of Complex.com, Inside the League is reporting that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney could be the next big name to come to Roc Nation Sports.
According to @InsideTheLeague Jadeveon Clowney is in regular contact with Jay Z & will likely end up choosing Roc Nation Sports.— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) July 22, 2013
The news that Hova is itching to sign the highly sought-after college player doesn’t exactly come as a surprise.
Clowney is about as hot an NFL draft prospect as the league has seen in recent years. At 6'6", 274 pounds, he dominated his side of the line for the Gamecocks during the 2012 season, tallying 13 sacks in as many games and capping off his season by laying the hit of the year on Michigan’s Vincent Smith during the Outback Bowl.
Currently listed by many as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Clowney has become a household name for football fans over the past 12 months—and Jay Z is looking to represent that name.
At this point, Jay Z is only certified to represent clients from the MLB and the NBA, so his potential signing of Clowney as an NFL player could not occur at this time. Furthermore, Clowney is still a college student playing for the Gamecocks, and contact between him and Jay Z would likely lead to NCAA sanctions for the young star.
However, should the hip-hop artist end up representing Clowney down the line, Jay Z would be in for a large haul of cash. It’s not difficult to pitch a humble giant who allegedly runs a 4.40-second 40-yard dash. That level of talent sells itself.
So will Clowney eventually be throwing up the diamond next season? It’s all speculation at this point.
As stated before, Jay Z communicating with Clowney while he's still at South Carolina could certainly lead to problems with the NCAA. That being said, Clowney recently posted a picture to his Instagram account of a headline concerning Jay Z's alleged interest along with the words "You know we about to turn up. Dream coming true."
The image is somewhat contradictory to comments made by Clowney in the recent past.
Would Roc Nation Sports be a good fit for Clowney?
“I don’t seek out the media,” Clowney told reporters at SEC media days. “I don’t post pictures. I don’t tweet. I stay off the Internet.”
You have to respect the man for trying to keep his head on straight, but you also have to expect that will change should he eventually end up signing with Jay Z and his hard-charging young agency.
*Update: 5:50 EST*
According to NFL.com, South Carolina is looking into whether or not Clowney has been in contact with Jay Z, which would in fact violate NCAA rules and could potentially affect his eligibility.
You can’t knock the hustle.