A 16-year-old football player from Creekside High School in Fulton County, Georgia died after being injured in a scrimmage Friday night.
De’Antre Turman, a 11th grade cornerback for the Seminoles, died after being tackled on the Banneker High School field in College Park.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed on Saturday, Turman’s death resulted from his neck vertibrae being broken “due to blunt force trauma.”
Fulton County school system spokeswoman Samantha Evans says, “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of this student. This is a truly horrific way to begin a school year.”
The AJC reports, Turman was one of the state’s top prospects for the 2015 class. Many colleges had planned on evaluating him this season. He got his first major-college scholarship offer in June from Kentucky.
According to 247Sports.com, Turman, a 5’11, 164 pound cornerback, had a scholarship offer from UK.
Glenn Ford, Turman’s off-season coach with the iDareU training program in Atlanta, told the WSB TV, “He was a good kid, an outstanding football player, and loved his parents. He…persevered through everything and loved the game he died for. He will be missed.”
According to the AJC, the last time a Georgia football player died from an injury occurred in 2009 at Cook High School in Adel. Running back Roy White died after being tackled and hit in the chest during spring practice.