COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent and has taken steps toward making himself available for an NFL supplemental draft.
Pryor's lawyer, Larry James, said Monday that Pryor was in Miami and had signed an agreement with Rosenhaus, a high-powered agent who represents some of the biggest names in sports. His client list includes standout wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco along with former Ohio State running back and Pryor teammate Chris "Beanie" Wells, now with the Arizona Cardinals.
"I am happy that he has reached this point and he's in secure hands," James said of Pryor.
Pryor, James and at least two other people spent the past few days discussing the quarterback's options in terms of agents. Then Pryor flew Sunday to Miami and signed a contract with Rosenhaus late Monday morning.
James also formally notified Ohio State that Pryor had signed with an agent, which officially made the three-year starter ineligible in the eyes of the university and the NCAA. That clears the way for the next step in Pryor's hopes of making it into the NFL.
"The university declares him ineligible," James said. "Therefore, that is a prerequisite to being eligible for the supplemental draft."
Pryor announced last week that he would not return to the team for his senior season. He had already been suspended by Ohio State and the NCAA for the first five games of the 2011 season for accepting improper benefits in the form of cash and discounted tattoos from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner. The NCAA is investigating all aspects of Ohio State's athletic program, particularly the football team.
The probe led to the forced resignation of head coach Jim Tressel on May 30. Tressel has admitted he knew his players were taking improper benefits but covered it up for more than nine months before Ohio State officials discovered his knowledge.
Monday, the attorney whose email tip to Tressel launched a scandal that led to his forced resignation is being investigated for legal misconduct by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Sanctions against lawyer Christopher Cicero could range from a public reprimand to permanently losing his law license.
State Disciplinary Counsel Jonathan Coughlan alleged in a filing Monday that Cicero violated professional conduct rules by revealing information from interviews with a potential client.
Cicero, a former Ohio State football player in the early 1980s, met with Columbus tattoo parlor owner Edward Rife on April 2, 2010, and again April 15 to discuss whether Cicero would represent him in a federal drug trafficking case, according to the filing.
Upon learning Rife had Ohio State memorabilia signed by Buckeyes players, Cicero immediately emailed Tressel to tell him of the discovery of the memorabilia.
Pryor cannot be signed as a free agent by an NFL team. The NFL, currently embroiled in a work stoppage with the players, will likely schedule a supplemental draft for July or August. The draft follows a similar pattern to that of the regular draft in the spring. The NFL team selecting Pryor would surrender its pick in the same round in the regular draft in 2012.
The 6-foot-6, 233-pounder from Jeannette is Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks, with 2,164 yards. He also matched Bobby Hoying's school record for touchdown passes with 57.