Georgia OL Devin Willock, recruiting staffer die in automotive crash

ATHENS, Georgia — Georgia soccer participant Devin Willock and a recruiting employees member have been killed in a automotive wreck in Athens early Sunday morning, the college confirmed in a press release.

Willock, a redshirt sophomore from New Milford, New Jersey, began two video games on the offensive line this previous season. Recruiting employees member Chandler LeCroy was additionally killed, based on the college.

“The entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student-athlete Devin Willock and football staff member Chandler LeCroy,” the college assertion mentioned. “Two other members of the football program were injured in the accident. They are both in stable condition, and we will continue to monitor their status with medical personnel.

“Devin and Chandler have been two particular individuals who meant a lot to the College of Georgia, our soccer program and our athletic division. We ask that everybody preserve their households in your prayers throughout this very tough time.”

“We’re all heartbroken and devastated with the lack of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “Devin was an excellent younger man in each approach. He was at all times smiling, was an excellent teammate and a pleasure to educate. Chandler was a helpful member of our soccer employees and introduced an unbelievable perspective and vitality each single day. We grieve with their households for this tragic loss and can help them in each approach attainable.”

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and Bulldogs senior linebacker Nolan Smith took to Twitter to react to the news.

In a statement, Athens-Clarke County Police reported the single-vehicle accident occurred around 2:45 a.m. ET on Sunday. Police said the initial investigation indicated that a 2021 Ford Expedition left the road in the outside lane of Barnett Shoals Road and struck two power poles and several trees.

Police said Willock died at the scene. He was 20. LeCroy, who was driving, was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and died as a result of her injuries. A 21-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries, and a 26-year-old female passenger sustained serious injuries.

Sources told ESPN on Sunday that junior offensive lineman Warren McClendon was also involved in the crash and is in stable condition. McClendon, from Brunswick, Georgia, announced on Saturday that he is entering the NFL draft. A 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive tackle, McClendon started 13 games for the Bulldogs this past season.

The wreck came hours after the Bulldogs celebrated winning back-to-back national championships with a parade and ceremony at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated TCU 65-7 in the College Football Playoff National Championship in Los Angeles on Monday night.

“The UGA Athletic Affiliation will work with our medical staff in addition to our psychological well being and efficiency personnel to ensure we’re offering one of the best help attainable for our employees and student-athletes who’re processing this grief,” the university said in a statement. “We are able to present no additional remark right now however ask that everybody proceed to maintain these concerned in your prayers.”

The 6-foot-7, 335-pound Willock performed in all 15 video games for the Bulldogs this previous season, together with begins at proper guard in victories in opposition to Tennessee and Kentucky. He was ranked the No. 39 guard prospect within the nation and No. 17 prospect in New Jersey by ESPN Recruiting as a senior at Paramus Catholic Excessive College in 2020.

In line with LeCroy’s LinkedIn account, she had labored as a recruiting analyst at Georgia since Could 2021. She had beforehand labored as a studying specialist and sports activities advertising promotions intern for the athletic affiliation. A local of Toccoa, Georgia, LeCroy had acquired a bachelor’s diploma and grasp’s diploma in sports activities administration and coverage from UGA, based on her LinkedIn account.