As 10 teams and 300+ athletes from northeast Florida and south Georgia came ready to compete at the 2023 Nike 11-On tournament. Jaguars players Foye Oluokun, De’Shaan Dixion, Tyler Shatley and Dequan Jackson joined in to challenge, teach and help inspire these talented athletes.
The biggest crowds showed up on the final day of competition with more than 16 teams and nearly 500 athletes on hand. Oluokun was back for more along with rookie offensive lineman Cooper Hodges who played high school football just down I-10 in Baker County. Oakleaf High, a rising power in northeast Florida and the alma mater of Jaguars linebacker Shaq Quarterman walked off the field with the Lineman Challenge and Lowndes VIKINGS from Georgia took the tournament title from Vanguard by a 23-12 score.
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The Jaguars Prep program is living up to its mission statement, in a big way. That statement begins with the goal of growing the game of football and ends with a commitment to building strong character and enhancing opportunities and resources for youth and high school football athletes.
Over three days in June, Jaguars PREP hosted more than 1,000 high school football athletes from northeast Florida and southeast Georgia at EverBank Stadium for a series of Nike 11-On tournaments.
Day one featured the rapidly expanding universe of girl’s flag football, one of the fastest growing sports in Florida and across the country. 12 teams and more than 360 girls took to the fields for drills and challenges that improved their skills and developed team building concepts. Jaguars linebacker Chad Muma and defensive lineman De’Shaan Dixon spent the day coaching and sharing stories with the players as they moved from station to station. Ridgeview High from Clay County in Florida took home the Tug of War Trophy while Choctaw High from Fort Walton Beach triumphed over Southeast Bulloch High School from Georgia in the tournament championship game.