Reggie Garrett, the 17-year-old quarterback for West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Texas, collapsed on the field after throwing a touchdown pass during a game on Friday night. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died one hour later, AOL News reports.
The straight-A student collapsed on the sideline after celebrating his scoring pass during the second quarter of the game against WO-S's arch rival Jasper. He was pronounced dead at Orange Baptist Hospital at 9:30 p.m CT.
Although early reports said that the star QB suffered from seizures, Reggie's mom, Jo Ann Parkinson, told the TODAY show on Monday that her son was completely healthy. She said that the high school senior experienced convulsions and a high fever at age 3, but a July check-up showed no physical problems.
"I really don't know what to say, or what happened," she said.
Reggie's mom appeared on the morning talk show with Coach Dan Hooks, who was still in disbelief. "He was first in everything he did," he said. "He never showed any signs of a health problem. It was just out of the blue. It just shocked everybody."
The local community has been deeply affected by its sudden loss. The popular athlete was known for mentoring other players, and was being courted by several colleges, including Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Missouri, Houston and Iowa State, the last of which had already offered the star player a scholarship.