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Everman wing back Darion Norris, 18, verbally committed to Tarleton State recently, then last Thursday suffered a fractured back and neck in a car accident behind Everman High School. He has since been in and out of consciousness, according to a report published online by WFAA.
WFAA report including photos of Norris and the wrecked car here.
Norris, who scored a touchdown against Stephenville and ultimately helped Everman to the 5A regional semifinals, was at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth as of Monday morning. National Signing Day for high school recruits is Wednesday.
WFAA spoke to Regina Hunter, the mother of Norris, for their report that was published just after 10 p.m. Sunday. She told WFAA, “When his girlfriend first called me, she said the car had flipped, it had wrecked and she was hysterical.”
Hunter reported that doctors have told the family it is likely Norris will recover, but his football future is very much in doubt. That’s where Tarleton head coach Cary Fowler comes in.
“(Fowler) called and said, ‘I just want you to give (Norris) a message: I honor my commitments. If he can’t play, he can come coach,” Hunter said, according to WFAA.
The accident is still under investigation. Two other Everman students in the car have left the hospital, WFAA reports.
A call to Fowler was not immediately returned, and Tarleton Athletic Communications Director Nathan Bural said it is standard for Fowler to wait until paperwork is received on Signing Day to discuss recruits with media.
It’s already been a tough semester for the Tarleton football program. Junior college transfer Camron Owens was found unresponsive in his dorm room and later pronounced dead at Texas Health Stephenville hospital on the evening of January 13.