Sixteen-year-old DeAntre Turman died after what appeared to be a routine tackle while playing cornerback. Officials said Sunday that Turman's cause of death was blunt force head and neck trauma.
Turman fractured a vertebra in his upper spinal cord, said Betty Honey, investigator for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office.
Turman had tackled his team's tight end as the player tried to catch a pass from their quarterback. He never got back up.
The cornerback was one of the top football prospects in the star for his class and had already received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky. His friends said Turman's goal was to play professional football.
Hundreds of comments have been made on social media, and a number of local teams, players and coaches have offered their condolences on Twitter. A candlelight vigil was held Sunday in his memory.