Shockwaves are going through high school football as news reports circulate about the death of De'Antre Turman on the football field. On Sunday, August 18, the Huffington Post reported that “De'Antre Turman was a junior at Creekside High School in Atlanta Georgia.” Turman was a promising prospect that loved to play the game of football.
According to witnesses, the play was innocent enough and just an ordinary hit. De'Antre’s uncle, Kenneth Turman stated “He tackled the guy, it was just a hard hit-regular hit. He’s made that hit 1000 times.”
According to Fulton County medical examiners, "the junior cornerback suffered a broken neck, with a fracture of his third cervical vertebra."
The tragic incident happened against Banneker High School during a scrimmage. The scariest thing about the hit is how normal everybody says it was. In football, you never know when your last play is, but even in the worst situations, players, coaches and fans don’t expect this.
As Turman was breaking on the ball, he made contact and then the unforeseen happened. In a statement by coach Glenn Ford, “Tre broke on it, dislodged the ball and his body just went limp.” Soon after his body was motionless on the ground, and as they approached De’Antre, they realized he wasn’t breathing.
According to 247Sports.com, De’Antre Turman was offered a scholarship by Kentucky.