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Friday, January 24, 2020

10 Yellow Jackets Receive Offer From Methodist University, 1-24-2020

By Gerald Lacey
Senior Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Updated: Friday, January 24, 2020, 4:36 p.m.

LEESBURG Fla. (January 24, 2020) - When it comes down to high school football recruiting most college football programs covet players from the state of Florida. As a result, they attempt to stockpile their rosters with players from the high school football talent-rich state. Looking to increase the number of Florida players on its roster Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina has offered 10 Yellow Jackets football scholarships as National Signing Day approaches.

Leesburg High School fourth-year head coach Mark Oates announced that 10 of his Jackets received an offer to continue their careers on the next level on Wednesday, January 24, 2020. "Dylan Black, Akeim Nickerson, Bry'Tavion Jackson, Isaiah Byrd, Deion Mensah, Delcory Allen, Alex Gibson, Jabaree Dawkins, Harrison Dicus, and Kylan Mattiucci were all offered by Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina," Oates said during an interview with the Carver Heights Quarterback Club. "These guys are the pillars of the culture that we are trying to create here at Leesburg."

Methodist has recruited heavily at Leesburg in the past. Former Jackets standouts Evan Hayden and Trevor Haawersaat have signed with the school in recent years. Also, Bluefield College (VA) has shown interest in signing all 10 players. ";Bluefield College is also very interested in the guys," Oates said. "Dylan Black has also been offered by Guilford College."

Allen, Black, and Mensah will have the opportunity to see what life will be like on the next level when they make official visits to Guilford College and Methodist University this weekend. “Dylan, Delcory, and Deion are visiting both schools this weekend,” Oates said.

Oates says that the attention his players are getting is a reward for the sacrifices they've made on the field and in the classroom as well. "They put in the work on and off the field," Oates said. "Having these guys sign will show that our staff works hard for our players."

The culture is changing around the program and don't be shocked when the list of signees extends past 10 players.

List of players and their positions receiving an offer from Methodist University (NC)

Dylan Black (OT-DT, Sr., 6-2, 245, 2019 Daily Commercial All-Area Team, Second-Team Offense)

Akiem Nickerson (WR-CB-FS, Sr., 6-3, 175, 2019 Daily Commercial All-Area, Second-Team Defense)

Bry'Tavion Jackson (RB-MLB, Sr., 6-1, 220, 2019 Daily Commercial All-Area, Honorable Mention Defense)

Isaiah Byrd (RB-MLB, 5-7, 183)

Deion Mensah (ATH-SS, Sr., 5-9, 175)

Delcory Allen (DB-WR, Sr., 6-0)

Alex Gibson (T-DT, Sr., 6-2, 260, 2019 Daily Commercial All-Area, Honorable Mention Defense and Offense)

Jabaree Dawkins (DE-OT, Sr.,6-3, 230, 2019 Daily Commercial All-Area Team Second-Team Defense)

Harrison Discus (QB-OLB-LS, Sr., 5-8, 160)

Kylan Mattiucci (K-P, Sr., 5-8, 165, 2019 Daily Commercial All-Area Team, Honorable Mention) 

This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bryant Benton: Royals Open Conference Play with Win Over Webber, September 6, 2014

2014 Jackets In College Football Archives
Warner University Royals #23 Bryant Benton (Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida) fends off a tackle by
a Webber International University defenders during the Royals win on, September 6, 2014
Carver Heights Quarterback Club, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida
Jackets In College: Bryant Benton, Warner University (FL)

Royals Open Conference Play with Win Over Webber

Kendal Sherrouse, Sports Information Director

9/6/2014 8:04:00 PM

Box Score

LAKE WALES, Fla. - Warner University christened the start of football in The Sun Conference on
Saturday in dramatic fashion with 14-10 come-from-behind victory over Webber International University
in the 2nd Annual Lake Caloosa Clash at Legion Field.  The first-ever Sun Conference football game
came between arguably the league's biggest rivals in front of a rain soaked crowd of over 1300 fans
and took five hours and forty minutes to complete thanks to rain and lightning delays.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Leesburg Routs Tavares, Page 1, Saturday, October 28, 2000

Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Tavares Bulldogs, High School Football Game

Leesburg Routs Tavares

By Rick Reed
Daily Commercial Staff Writer
Daily Commercial
Saturday, October 28, 2000

TAVARES - Leesburg used some lightning-like scoring in the middle of the third quarter to break open a relatively close game. The Jackets scored three quick touchdowns in a span of seven plays and went on to manhandle Tavares 49-0 in high school football action Friday night at Dr. Argin A. Boggus Field.
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Leesburg Picked To Finish First In Class 6A-10 By BHSN, Aug 10 2013

2013 Leesburg High School Varsity Football Team Member QB Jabari Dunham (6-2, 205, senior)
Photo courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.
2012 playoff teams Leesburg and Edgewater lead a wide open field in 6A, district 10

The Leesburg Yellow Jackets look to build upon last season's playoff

By Jeff Radcliffe
Bright House Sports Network
Wednesday, August 07, 2013


Class 6A, District 10

Edgewater Eagles

Leesburg Picked To Finish First In Class 6A-10 By BHSN, Aug 10 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yellowjackets Await Whistle At Lake City, Thursday, November 17, 1927

Leesburg Head Coach Frank Banning
Yellowjackets Await Whistle At Lake City

Sports Staff
The Leesburg Morning Commercial
November 17, 1927

LAKE CITY - Leaving yesterday at 4 o'clock, Leesburg Yellowjackets, journeyed in one of the school buses for Lake City to participate in one of the crucial game of the year when they meet the strong high school team there at 3:30 o'clock. 

The local team has come through a stiff schedule without defeat and is making a strong bid for state championship honors. With Sanford as the final game of the season on Thanksgiving day, the Stingers have only to win today's and next week's game to have the right to challenge other teams prominent in high school football circles. Today's game will be the greatest test that the 'Jackets have had to meet since the well earned win over the strong Plant City team.

Banning will put his men through a light workout this morning and loosen all cramped muscles and incidentally accustom his men to the playing field.