08-17-2013, 04:29 PM
MElodies and MonuMEnts
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Carolina
11th Grade Creekside High School CB DeAntre Turman Dies During Preseason Game
A Creekside High School football player has died after being injured in a scrimmage Friday night.
DeAntre Turman, an 11th grader and cornerback for the Seminoles, died after being hurt on the Banneker High School field in College Park, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Saturday morning.
Samantha Evans, spokeswoman for Fulton County schools said the teen was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died.
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.
Calls to Creekside head coach Olten Downs were not immediately returned. Downs is in his first season at Creekside in Fairburn. He previously was head coach at Riverdale.
Johnny T. White, Creekside’s head coach from 2009 to 2011, heard the news from a Creekside parent who saw the scrimmage. White was Turman’s head coach as a freshman. “He’s one of the best kids I’ve ever dealt with in my 18 years of coaching, period, hands down,” White said. “He was quiet, but always smiling. He had a real good spirit. It was always yes sir, no sir. He enjoyed his team, and he loved his teammates. Just a great kid.”
Now an assistant coach at Langston Hughes, White said he was told by a parent of another Creekside player that Turman was making what appeared to be a routine tackle when he was injured.
Turman, a 5’11, 164 pound cornerback, had a scholarship offer from UK, according to 247Sports and others.
“He started getting a whole bunch of looks. Offers were coming in,” White said.
Glenn Ford, Turman’s coach with the iDareU training program in Atlanta, also said Turman, 16, had an offer to play football at UK.
“He was a good kid, an outstanding football player, and loved his parents,” said Ford. “He lost his mom a year ago, but persevered through everything and loved the game he died for. He will be missed.”
Apparently he hit a wide receiver and his body went limp. He was taken to Grady Memorial where he was pronounced dead.
Yech, I can hear you misspelling words as you speak!