Dexter Rentz Jr., a senior high school football player from Florida who committed to play his college ball at the University of Louisville, was killed during a shooting on Saturday night in Orlando, FL.
A three-star athlete from Ocoee High School in his home state of Florida, Rentz Jr. originally signed with the Cardinals back in December as a member of their 2020 recruiting class. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Orlando Police responded to a call around 11:19 p.m. late Saturday night. Four people were shot as a result of the incident, and Rentz Jr. was the only one who would pass away from the injuries. The shooter has not yet been identified.
Dexter Rentz Jr, a senior at Ocoee High School who had signed to play for the University of Louisville, was killed Saturday night in a shooting in Florida https://t.co/AyQzU7wpnw
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 26, 2020
Scott Satterfield, Louisville’s head football coach, had this to say in a statement about the tragedy:
“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dexter Rentz. He was a great young man who had a contagious personality, and was able to light up a room with his smile. He was a great kid to be around and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rentz family during this extremely difficult time.”
In high school, Rentz Jr. split his time between playing cornerback and slot receiver. He recorded almost 2,000 receiving yards in his career and set also set a Florida state record with five interceptions in one game. The Cardinals recruited him to come in and play as a wide receiver. Rentz Jr. chose UL over 22 different FBS programs.
Rentz Jr. and one of his high school teammates, Lovie Jenkins, signed their National Letter of Intents on the same day. Rentz Jr. and Jenkins were expected to take their official visits to Louisville at the same time next month.
— Lovie Jenkins#??1 (@Lovie1k) April 26, 2020
I’m sitting here staring at your picture wishing I didn’t get that call. @DexterRentz was a young man full of positive energy and good vibes who always had a smile on his face. He will be truly missed by his family & everyone who ever met him. #RIH 2 #RatPaksFinest pic.twitter.com/yZ6gopQw2o
— Coach Rat (@KeiwanRatliff) April 26, 2020
Rentz Jr. was a young man taken way too soon. Make sure to keep him and his family in your thoughts.