On the tiny chance that his professional football aspirations are not realized, defensive end Shomari Williams might have a heck of a future as a player agent.
Williams, ranked No. 4 by the Canadian Football League’s amateur scouting bureau for the Canadian draft in May, has been running his own recruiting business since 2007, helping high school football and basketball players get scholarships.
“One thing I have a passion for is business and how they work,” Williams, a Toronto native, said. “I have a lot of ideas and want to become an entrepreneur some time in the future, but right now I am a football player.”
Williams earned a business degree at the University of Houston and then enrolled at Queen’s, helping the Golden Gaels win the Vanier Cup last year.
Once athletes have communicated their interest through the company’s website, StudentBlitz.com, Williams sends their highlight tapes to college coaches in the U.S., and also interviews the athletes’ parents. Williams has signed approximately 15 clients, with the majority getting scholarships or another kind of financial aid.
Williams is expected to be a high selection when the CFL holds the draft on May 2.