Dexter Rentz Jr, a senior at Ocoee High School who had signed to play for the University of Louisville, was tragically shot and killed in his home state of Florida.
“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dexter Rentz,” head coach Scott Satterfield said in a statement.
“He was a great young man who had a contagious personality, and was able to light up a room with his smile. He was a great kid to be around and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rentz family during this extremely difficult time.”
The Orlando Sentinel laid out the details:
“Ocoee High football player and Louisville signee Dexter Rentz Jr. died after being shot late Saturday night, Orlando police confirmed Sunday.
At about 11:19 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Elese Street and Deerock Drive. Four people were shot, with Rentz the only victim who has died from his wounds.”
The 5-foot-8, 160-pound athlete was the No. 75 ATH in the 2020 class, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
The three-star prospect totaled nearly 2,000 receiving yards for his career and tied a state record with five interceptions in a single game.
He was only 18-years-old.