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
|Josh Shearer||Arkansas||Track and field for men|
|Ryan Jackson||Arkansas||soft ball|
|Diego Chavarria||Auburn||men’s tennis|
|Denzel Villaman||Florida||Track and field for men|
|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|
|Caroline Standley||Mississippi||Women’s track and field|
|Keegan Dun||Missouri||Ladies golf|
|David Olds||South Carolina||Track and field for men|
|Anna Holman||South Carolina||volleyball|
|Jordan west||Tennessee||Track and field for men|
|Bart Kleiman||Texas A&M||football|
|Ali Russell||Texas A&M||football|