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Report: Former High School Football Player Dies In Cliff Jumping Accident

Mason Tompkins passed away after a freak accident.

A former high school football player from Georgia was killed Saturday in an Alabama state park.

Mason Tompkins, who just graduated from Harrison High School, reportedly jumped from off a rock into a creek, but didn't resurface.

According to a report from WHNT-19, deputies were called to the park at around 2 p.m.

From the report:

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson said deputies were called to the park around two o'clock.

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.

Tompkins was a lineman at Harrison High School, where he protected the nation's No. 1 quarterback, Justin Fields.

Fields posted a tribute to his lost friend.

Tompkins was recruited to play football for Berry College, a liberal arts school in Georgia, where he planned to attend.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

[WHNT-19]