Jay Z eyes Johnny Manziel as next Roc Nation recruit
By Page Six Team
January 4, 2014 | 12:44am
Could Texas A&M’s stud quarterback Johnny Manziel be the next athlete to sign with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports?
Speculation swelled that Manziel, who led a thrilling comeback over Duke in the Chick Fil-A Bowl, could be the next recruit for the rapper-turned-sports agent after the two partied at the same Miami club Thursday with a host of VIPs.
Jay Z performed at the BB&T Center in Florida, and, after a stop at Diddy’s Star Island mansion, arrived at nightclub Story in South Beach at 2 a.m. with a group including wife Beyoncé, Drake, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Rick Ross, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland and DJ Khaled.Manziel — who drives a matte black Mercedes C63 AMG coupe
*, is close friends with Drake and goes by the nickname “Johnny Football” — was later spotted hanging in the same VIP area where Jay and company occupied a table.
“He was in Jay’s area at Story,” a source told us, adding that the star QB arrived “very late” after Jay Z’s posse of 100 — “He may have only been there from 4 to 5 a.m.”
Another witness said that when Manziel arrived, he was handed a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne
— which goes for $300 retail — and told by a club staffer, “Welcome to the gold-bottle life!” But the source said that Jay Z left just as Manziel arrived and they didn’t interact.
Jay Z got into hot water with the NFL Players Association last year for possibly running afoul of league rules in the recruitment of Geno Smith to Roc Nation Sports. But he was cleared of any wrongdoing. Agents are not allowed to recruit college players until they go pro.
Having finished his junior season, Manziel’s considered a top NFL recruit, but has yet to declare he’ll join the league. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2012, the only freshman ever to do so.
Roc Nation reps Robinson Cano and Victor Cruz and is rumored to be hoping to sign Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, who announced his intention to go pro this week. A Roc Nation rep didn’t get back to us.
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