Getting to showcase his talents among some of the best youth football players across the country is an experience Jaykob Ryll will never forget.
The Grade 12 student at Fort High, who played centre for the Muskie football team this past season, was chosen as one of 70 high school football athletes to be part of the Nissan all-Canadian TITAN that competed in an exhibition game in Edmonton on Nov. 24, which was the day before the Grey Cup.
The weekend kicked off Nov. 22 with a travel day and a welcome dinner for the athletes chosen while the following day featured the Nissan TITAN Street Festival and playbook walk-throughs.
The exhibition game took place on the Saturday, which Ryll’s Team Midnight claimed by a 23-17 margin.
The athletes then had a farewell brunch prior to watching the Grey Cup on the Sunday.
“I think the biggest highlight of the weekend was the [exhibition] game,” Ryll said.
“I usually play centre here in Fort but I was moved to right guard, which was an experience.”
“I think I definitely performed well,” he enthused.
“Talking to the University of Alberta head scout also was another highlight of the trip for me,” Ryll added.
“He was really down-to-earth and I’m hoping to get in contact with him again soon.”
How the nomination process worked for the NISSAN Kickoff Project was that players, friends, teachers, and family members could nominate a high school football athlete who demonstrates the TITAN values: toughness, innovation, tenacity, ambition, and notability.
The completed nomination form then was sent to the parent/guardian listed on the nomination form to secure consent.
Once parental consent was secured, the completed nomination form then was sent to the nominee’s coach for validation.
Upon validation from the coach, the nominee was instructed to procure a written reference from a teacher or community member articulating how the nominee embodies the TITAN values in both the classroom and the community.