A high school football standout in South Carolina died during surgery a period after he committed to play in college, according to reports.
Nick Dixon, a senior at Spartanburg High School, suffered complications Friday during a surgical procedure to repair his ACL and Meniscus, news station WLTX reported.
The night before, the 18 -year-old athlete accepted an offer to join the Wingate University team next fell off a four-year scholarship, according to the school district.
School officials said Dixon — who played linebacker, defensive line and running back — was “one of the most elite athletes, ” WLTV reported.
“He excelled on the turf and off, contributing to the team and to his community, ” the district said in a Facebook post. “Anyone who knows Nick describes him as everyone’s best friend. A talented and highly respected student-athlete.”
Spartanburg County Coroner said an autopsy will be performed to determine the teen’s cause of death, The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported.
A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for Dixon’s funeral arrangements.