Georgia Tech defensive tackle Brandon Adams died Saturday in Atlanta, the university announced Sunday. He was 21.
Further details about Adams’ death were not immediately available Sunday morning.
Adams was a senior majoring in business administration. He played in 33 games over three seasons with the Yellow Jackets. He recorded 41 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and forced two fumbles.
“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is heartbroken by the news of Brandon’s passing,” Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins said in a statement. “In the short time that I have had the privilege and honor of knowing Brandon, I admired and respected him, first and foremost as a terrific human being, but also as an outstanding teammate and leader. Jennifer and I offer our thoughts, prayers and unconditional support to his parents, Lisa and Reginald, his sister, Rian, and all of his family and friends, especially his brothers in our football program.”
Brentwood Academy in Nashville, where Adams played high school football, is reeling following the death of its former player.
“He was always happy,” Brentwood Academy coach and athletic director Cody White said. “He was a gentle giant. He turned out to be a really, really good player but he was a good kid. He was fun to be around. People loved him. When he turned it on he could be dominating, but when he stepped off the field he could be as nice of a young man as you could coach.”
Adams was a member of Brentwood Academy’s 2015 state championship team, the first state championship since 2006 for the Eagles. Brentwood Academy defeated MBA 56-55 in double overtime in large part to Adams’ defensive effort.
“We won in double overtime and Brandon saved that game for us in the second overtime,” White said. “He made two spectacular plays and put the team on his back from a defensive standpoint.”
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White said the last time he saw Adams was during Christmas. His personality and his affection to people is what he will miss most.
“I don’t think you could find a person that didn’t appreciate or like him,” White said. “He was that kind of kid that everybody wanted to be around. He was pretty magnetic.”