JAQUAN Yulee tragically lost his life at the age of 24.
News broke on July 13, 2021, that Jaquan had passed away following a Tuesday night accident.
Who was Jaquan Yulee?
Yulee, 24, was a former Indian River high school and Marshall University football star.
The 6'1" Chesapeake, Virginia native, went to Marshall after graduating in 2016 and was a linebacker.
ESPN ranked Yulee very high among the young prospects in his graduating class and he received offers from 19 schools including, Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, and Florida.
"Yulee has a great combination of height and size entering into his senior campaign. Looks to be college ready with room to continue to grow. Displays solid playing strength to generate short area power when working to gain a fit in space. Has the burst to close in between the tackles," his ESPN scouting reports said.
In 2018, Yulee won a Herdspys Award for Football Play of the Year.
The following year, Yulee suffered a broken neck that ended his football days at Marshall University but after two years of surgeries and rehab, he was ready to take the field again.
Before he died, Yulee was supposed to announce on July 16 which school he would be transferring to to continue his collegiate football career.
He was choosing between Virginia State, Central State, or Virginia Union, before his death.
"It’s not about how big the school is or who went to the school before you,” Yulee wrote in a social media post just hours before the accident.
"…no matter if it’s D1, D2 or D3 when you sign that letter to attend that University, it’s either you gone (sic) eat or you gone starve. (Just) know if you a dawg them scouts coming to get you no matter where you at!"
What was his cause of death?
Yulee died following a tragic car accident around 7pm Tuesday July 13.
According to reports, Yulee was the one driving the car and was the only occupant inside when the accident happened.
The accident happened around the 6400 block of Leafwood Road near South Quay Road in rural Suffolk, VA.
On July 14, Suffolk Police Department public information officer Diana Clink released a press release just shy of 8am confirming that Yulee was the victim of a rollover crash.
Many of his teammates have taken to social media to pay their respects for their late friend.
“ForEva Play for 2!!” Marshall wide receiver Talik Keaton said following the accident.
"This one really hurts," said Stacy Morrison a Marshall fan. "I’m in complete shock. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met."
Did other Marshall football players pass away?
Unfortunately Yulee was not the only player in Marshall football history to pass away.
In December 2017, his teammate Larry Aaron was shot and paralyzed during a New Year's Eve party according to the Heald-Dispatch.
Yulee did everything he could for his teammate but in February 2018, Aaron had passed away.
Yulee kept his memory alive by wearing his No. 93 jersey during spring practice and fall camp that season.
"We keep his name alive, we keep his jersey around and just keep posting about him and letting his family know that we still love him and that his name will forever live through us," Yulee told the Herald-Dispatch back in 2019.
In July 2020, Yulee launched his own clothing brand called My Lonely Angels.
The brand is meant to "keep my loved ones names alive that I can't see no more," he revealed.
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