Jamari Smith, an incoming freshman defensive back at UAB, died on Wednesday in a drowning accident in Auburn, Alabama. Smith was an 18-year-old star football and basketball player at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama.
According to AL.com, Auburn police responded to a report of a possible drowning at Chewacla State Park. Smith and some friends were reportedly swimming in the lake when Smith got tired and disappeared under the water. He was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center, but doctors were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 6:05 p.m. CT.
UAB football coach Bill Clark released a statement on the incident on Twitter on Thursday.
"Our hearts are broken to learn about the tragic passing of Jamari Smith," he said. "We want to send our deepest condolences to the entire Smith family. Jamari was an upstanding young man with an extremely bright future. Although he never played a game at UAB, he will always be a Blazer."
Rest In Peace, Jamari 🙏— UAB Football (@UAB_FB) May 28, 2020
“Our hearts are broken to learn about the tragic passing of Jamari Smith. We want to send our deepest condolences to the entire Smith family. Jamari was an upstanding young man with an extremely bright future. He'll always be a Blazer.” - @CoachBillClark pic.twitter.com/eZs3hjeFeX
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told AL.com that the incident is being investigated as an accidental drowning and that no foul play is suspected.
Smith was a two-sport star who was set to play safety with the Blazers.