Updated: 2017 Berry College football recruit dies in accident at High Falls in Northeast Alabama.

Updated: 2017 Berry College football recruit dies in accident at High Falls in Northeast Alabama.

Mason Tompkins, an incoming freshman at Berry College who was among the latest players to commit to the Vikings’ football team, has died in a swimming accident at High Falls in Northeast Alabama.

Tompkins, 18, was a guard at Harrison High School in Kennesaw. He was described as six feet tall and weighing 245 pounds. According to an earlier release from Berry about the 2017 recruiting class:

“Tompkins joins the Vikings after a strong career at Harrison High School. He helped anchor the offensive line that advanced to the second round of the state playoffs and was selected as the Player of the Week for his efforts during the season. The son of Renee and Wade Tompkins, Mason plans on majoring in political science at Berry.”

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We received this statement from Berry’s athletics department Sunday afternoon: “We are very saddened to hear of this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mason’s family in this difficult time.”

And this post is on the Vikings’ football progam’s Facebook page: “Prayers go out to the Hoya and Viking family. -Berry Football”

Also, in Monday’s Marietta Daily Journal, the story is accompanied by a photograph that shows roses forming the number 75 — Mason’s number — in the middle of the football field. Click MDJ


Visitation will be at West Cobb Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-4 pm or 6 to 8 pm. The Hoya Facebook post says the family will hold a private funeral. Obituary

WHNT in Huntsville reports that Tompkins died at High Falls Saturday afternoon.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson said deputies were called to the park around 2 p.m. Edmondson said the teenager had jumped off of one of the higher rocks at the park into the creek.  The teen didn’t resurface.Fischer Rescue Squad, Geraldine Rescue Squad, and other agencies helped deputies search for the teen. Crews recovered the teen’s body not far from where he had jumped. High Falls Park Manager Charles Rowell admits High Falls is dangerous. “You swim at you own risk here,” Rowell said. Expanded story

This note appears on the Harrison High Twitter feed:

“Hoya Nation is sending heartfelt prayers to the family of Mason Tompkins.”



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