A HIGH school football star reportedly died in a tragic car accident on his way to school after he had begun to look at colleges for his dream career.
Baltimore's St. Frances Academy junior Lamar Patterson died on Wednesday, the school confirmed.
He was a standout wide receiver and cornerback on the school’s top-ranked football team, the Baltimore Sun reports.
His heartbreaking final posts show the teen celebrating his college offers and enjoying his potential school visits before making his life-changing decision.
Originally from Kissimmee, Florida, Patterson reportedly transferred to Baltimore for his freshman room.
He was rated a three-star prospect for the 2023 cases, according to Rivals.com.
The school sports star was the No 8 overall prospect in Maryland, the No 84 wide receiver in the class, and the No 568 overall prospect in the class.
Patterson had also reportedly received offers from 21 schools including Penn State, Michigan, Arizona State, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
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He had recently visited Penn State and Virginia Tech, two of the leaders in his recruitment.
In a final interview only days before his death, Patterson revealed he felt "very grateful and blessed to have earned that offer" when speaking to Virginia Tech.
"All I can say is it was great to see the campus and meet the new staff. I enjoyed it," Patterson said.
"I’m looking for a genuine family atmosphere and they showed that."
Maryland football coach Mike Locksley was among those leading the tributes on Wednesday night.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the St. Frances Academy Football program and all of those who have been affected by the sudden loss of Lamar Patterson, a bright and talented young man with so much life ahead of him,” Locksley wrote on Twitter.
His classmates and teammates also paid tribute calling Patterson "special."
'HE'D MAKE IT BIG'
"When I transferred to Saint Frances Academy and did not know anyone, Lamar Patterson reached out to me, became my friend, welcomed me, looked out for me, and helped me make friends," wrote teammate Jordan Lane on Twitter.
"He was so good that I know he'd make it big one day and even as teammates and friends, as awkward as it might have been to ask for, I made sure to get his autograph."
"Please wake me up from this nightmare." wrote the school's Head Football Coach Messay Hailemariam as he shared a picture of them together.
"Rest In Peace Lamar Patterson I love you so much!"
Classes at St Frances were dismissed at 1pm on Wednesday after a letter confirming Patterson's death was sent to students and their families.
More details on the crash were not immediately available.
Grief counselors were made available to students.
Patterson's death comes less than a year after the school suffered another tragic loss.
In April 2021, Aaron Wilson, a star defensive end, died of brain cancer aged 17.
Wilson was widely considered to be one of the best recruits in the class of 2022.
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