Iron Mountain's John Perla, a National Football League certified agent, deals primarily with college kickers and punters these days.
"Not as many demands (with specialists)," said Perla, who represented kicker John Potter this year before a sports hernia ended his stay after six games with the Buffalo Bills.
Potter, a kick-off specialist, was a seventh-round draft pick from Western Michigan University. Perla has already received several calls on Potter's availability for next year.
The Brookfield, Wis.-based Perla has landed two of the nation's top booters from the 2012 season - Jacob Dombrowski of Harvard and Justin Rosenbaum of Fort Valley State.
Dombrowski, from downstate Gaylord, set a Harvard record with a 44-yard average. Rosenbaum, another Michigan man (Owosso), matched Dombrowski's punt average and also broke Fort Hayes' field goal marks.
If Dombrowski and Rosenbaum are not drafted, Perla will go the free agent route for his players.
"We'll put a checklist together on NFL punters and kickers, and target those teams," Perla said.
Perla, 1971 IMHS graduate, did the kicking for the Mountaineers. He missed one extra-point in his Mountaineer days but never got a chance to try a field goal.
"I loved (head coach) George Gusick, but he never gave me the opportunity," said Perla, who added that assistant Dick Allen was in his corner to attempt a field goal.
Perla, a straight-on kicker, booted two extra-points in the Mountaineers' 14-6 win over Kingsford in the 1970 Twin City rivalry.
The son of John Sr, 92, and Maryann, 88, expects other specialists in the coming weeks to sign with Perla Sports Management.
Georgia Tech (8-2), with Iron Mountain's Jake Hogberg on the men's basketball coaching staff, owns an 8-2 record after winning the last four in a row.
"We'll find out whether the Yellow Jackets are any good pretty soon," said Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports college basketball expert Seth Davis, noting an early January schedule of Miami, at N.C. State, Virginia Tech, at Duke and at North Carolina ...
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