Tragedy has struck the Georgia Tech football program when it was reported that four-star recruit Bryce Gowdy passed away on Monday, just one week before he was set to start classes at Georgia Tech, his high school confirmed.
Gowdy was reportedly struck by a freight train at around 4 a.m. in Deerfield Beach, Fl., according to a preliminary incident report from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
“He always seemed easygoing, easy to get along with,” said Dave Brousseau, a Deerfield Beach alumnus still active with the program and a mentor to some of the Bucks players. “He was one of the leaders of the team. He was one of the guys who, when they were getting ready pre-game, he was always getting them fired up. So you got the indication he was clearly one of the leaders on the team.”
Yellow Jackets coach Geoff Collins tweeted out a statement Monday:
“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is devastated by the news of Bryce’s passing,” Collins wrote.” Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future. He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. On behalf of our coaches, players, staff and families, we offer our deepest condolences to Bryce’s mother, Shibbon, and his brothers, Brisai and Brayden, as well as the rest of his family members, his teammates and coaches at Deerfield Beach High School, and his many friends. Bryce and his family will always be a part of the Georgia Tech football family.”
It was just yesterday when Bryce tweeted out, “Family matters, can’t wait to get to the ATL soon!”
Gowdy received scholarship offers from multiple schools, including Syracuse, West Virginia, Auburn, Florida and Oregon.