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Louisville college football signee shot dead in Florida | Sport

A star high school football star from Florida who had signed to play for the University of Louisville was shot dead on Saturday, Orlando police said.

Dexter Rentz Jr tied a state record in 2017 when he intercepted five passes in a single game while playing as a sophomore at Ocoee High School, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Police said the 18-year-old was among four people hit by gunfire, and the only fatality, in a crime called into authorities shortly after 11pm on Saturday. An outpouring of grief on social media paid tribute to Rentz, who was looking forward to becoming a wide receiver for Louisville.

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dexter Rentz,” said Louisville’s head coach, Scott Satterfield, 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.”

When he announced some of his new recruits in February, Cardinals assistant coach Gunter Brewer called Rentz “a great kid” whom he looked forward to coaching, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Rentz had verbally committed with Louisville last June, the newspaper said, citing a radio interview in which he said his goal in his final year of high school was to grow as a leader and help “the young guys see that there’s more to it than football.”

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