Top H.S. Football Recruit Dion Stutts Dead At 18 After Utility Vehicle Accident

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Top H.S. Football Recruit Dead At 18
… After Utility Vehicle Accident

6/14/2023 10:39 AM PT

Top high school football recruit Dion Stutts — a defensive lineman who was committed to playing for the Univ. of Arkansas in 2024 — tragically died on Tuesday following a utility vehicle accident … this publication Sports has confirmed.

A spokesperson for the Panola County Sheriff’s Office tells us … the incident occurred on Stutts’ family farm in Batesville, Miss.

The rep said Stutts had been driving in a side-by-side with another person … when it somehow crashed. Stutts’ passenger was uninjured and was able to try to get help for the football player — but he was sadly later pronounced deceased.

He was just 18 years old.

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An investigation into the wreck remains ongoing, the police spokesperson said.

The Razorbacks — who accepted a commitment from Stutts back in March — said in a statement Wednesday they’re devastated over the news.

“We are heartbroken over the passing of Dion Stutts,” the team wrote on its Twitter page. “He was a tremendous young man with a bright future ahead of him. We were as excited to add him to our program as he was to be a Razorback.”

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with his mother Shante and father Dino along with his entire family as they deal with this loss.”

Stutts attended Memphis University School in Tennessee … and in addition to being a force on the football field, he also starred for the school’s wrestling team.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of rising senior Dion Stutts. pic.twitter.com/948Ikxe2jP

— MUS Athletics (@OwlBuzz) June 14, 2023
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The 6-foot-3, 250-pound athlete had racked up multiple scholarship offers, including ones from Texas A&M, South Carolina and Mississippi State — before he committed to Arkansas.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of rising senior Dion Stutts,” MUS athletics said in a statement.

Added Univ. of Memphis head football coach Ryan Silverfield, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dion Stutts and the entire MUS community.”

RIP