Notre Dame Recruit Dies in Spring Break Tragedy

There's no way to make this story anything but horrific:

⇥A star high school football player from Ohio who was recruited by Notre Dame died after falling from a hotel balcony while on spring break in Florida, a high school spokesman said.⇥

⇥Students at St. Xavier High School gathered on the football field Friday night to remember senior Matt James following reports of his death in Panama City Beach, Fla., spokesman Mark Motz said Saturday. James, 17, apparently died instantly after he fell from the third-floor balcony of the Days Inn Motel at around 6:30 p.m. Friday, police told WJHG-TV in Panama City.⇥

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⇥Whit Majors, a forensic investigator with the Florida State Medical Examiner's District 14 office, said the person who died was on spring break but did not release his name. The cause of the fall was being investigated, and officials planned to do toxicology tests, Majors said. â‡¥

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⇥"The Notre Dame football program is in a state of disbelief and incredible sadness with the news of this tragic event," Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said in a statement.⇥

It certainly seems like a night of revelry gone wrong -- and the absolute worst case scenario for a high school senior in Panama City Beach for Spring Break. I wouldn't expect many celebrated football recruits to be making Spring Break trips before getting to college in the future.

It won't be much consolation to the James family.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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