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Former HBCU player killed in crash with Minnesota Vikings rookie

Former HBCU player killed in crash with Minnesota Vikings rookie

Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Khyree Jackson was one of three college football players who were killed in an automobile crash — including one who once showed up on an HBCU roster. 

Anthony Lytton Jr. played college football at Florida State and Penn State, but was on the 2023 roster of Bowie State University, a Division II HBCU. He was killed in the crash along with Jackson and Isaiah Hazel. The trio were killed in a  three-car crash that occurred at 3:14 a.m. Saturday in Prince George’s County, according to police. Lytton and Jackson were 24, Hazel was 23. The three men played high school football together.

Jackson was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. 

“We are devastated by the news of Khyree Jackson’s death following an overnight car accident,” the Minnesota Vikings said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches, as well as all the victims of this tragic accident.

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A.J. Lytton, was an Under Armour All-American and played a pivotal role in leading Wise High School to 42 consecutive wins and three straight 4A state championships. He was named the 2017 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year and the DC Touchdown Club’s Maryland High School Player of the Year. Lytton became the first-ever Elite 22 team selection by Prince George’s County coaches.

On defense, he recorded 32 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, and two forced fumbles during his senior season. Offensively, he caught 34 passes for 523 yards and seven touchdowns. His leadership on defense contributed to Wise allowing only 7.1 points per game and achieving six shutouts.

As a junior, Lytton earned first-team all-state honors, second-team junior All-America, and second-team All-Met honors. He was rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals, and ESPN, ranking as the No. 3 prospect in Maryland by 247Sports and Rivals, and the No. 8 cornerback in the nation by 247Sports. He was also ranked 31st in the ESPN300.

He started his career at Florida State win 2018 where he played in 12 games with one start in 2019, recording 14 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, and one forced fumble. He later transferred to Penn State where he played sparingly. He was on the roster at Bowie State University, but didn’t record any statistics as a redshirt senior at the HBCU.

Former HBCU player killed in crash with Minnesota Vikings rookie

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