Jackson, Shearer represent Arkansas in 2021 SEC Career Tour


Birmingham, Ala – Arkansas will have a pair of actors — Ryan Jackson (softball) and Josh Shearer (track and field) — among the 28 current and former student-athletes of the Southeast Conference who will participate in the SEC recruitment round from November 30 to December 2. in Atlanta.

This is the fifth year that the conference has invited student-athletes from each of its institutions to participate in the professional round leading up to the SEC Football Championship. The event took place virtually in 2020.

Jackson played in 31 games last season for the Arkansas and captained the team on three occasions, helping the team win their first SEC title and hosting their first NCAA regional super championship at Bogle Park. The Chino Hills, California producer hit a left-field diving catch in South Carolina, finishing eighth in Sports Center’s Top 10 Plays. In her career, Jackson has received the SEC Year 1 Academic Honor Roll and the SEC Academic Honor Roll following her transfer from Bethune-Cookman.

Shearer recently completed the 2021 season cross-country as a member of the SEC Championship team, as Arkansas defended its 2020 title, and fourth-place team in the NCAA Championship. Competing in three SEC cross-country meetups, Shearer improved by 20 spots each season after finishing 76NS As a freshman in 2019, then 56NS in 2020 and 35NS in 2021. Last spring, he established his career best times of 3:53.17 in the 1500m and 14:43.97 in the 5000m. Shearer, of The Woodlands, Texas, earned the SEC Academic Honor Roll last season.

The aim of the career tour is to provide an offer to SEC student-athletes who are looking for career opportunities in various fields. The program allows the student-athlete to contact HR staff and submit resumes for entry-level jobs, internships and gain valuable knowledge of professional brands.

The group is scheduled to visit headquarters and meet with executives from several companies and organizations in the Atlanta area including Mercedes-Benz Stadium, The Home Depot, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves and Delta Airlines.

The 28 student-athletes will kick off the three-day event at the SEC Championship Game site where they will meet with Mercedes-Benz Stadium staff and tour the facility. Also on the agenda during the week was a visit with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and a presentation by Randy Hain of Serviam Partners. The group will have the opportunity to learn insights on building effective working relationships and explore best practices for job seekers.

Participants in the 2021 SEC Professional Tour

Owen Deodate Alabama baseball
white luisa Alabama Gymnastics
Josh Shearer Arkansas Track and field for men
Ryan Jackson Arkansas soft ball
Diego Chavarria Auburn men’s tennis
Eli Baker Auburn Riding
Megan Skaggs Florida Gymnastics
Denzel Villaman Florida Track and field for men
D’Andre Walker Georgia football
Courtney Harnisch Georgia Swimming and diving for women
Jacob Smith Kentucky Track and field for men
Kelly Rodriguez Kentucky Swimming and diving for women
Ali Newland LSU soft ball
Akya Zaatar LSU soft ball
Ahmed Young Jr. Be a beauty queen Track and field for men
Banks’ past Be a beauty queen soft ball
Gaylon Reed Mississippi football
Caroline Standley Mississippi Women’s track and field
Joshua’s Day Missouri baseball
Keegan Dun Missouri Ladies golf
David Olds South Carolina Track and field for men
Anna Holman South Carolina volleyball
Kate Sheldmere Tennessee Rowing
Jordan west Tennessee Track and field for men
Bart Kleiman Texas A&M football
Ali Russell Texas A&M football
Elijah McAllister Vanderbilt football
Emily Brooks Vanderbilt lacrosse

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