One of the brightest cornerback recruits in the country will never get to fulfill his dream of playing college football after another act of senseless violence.
3-star cornerback recruit Josh Ancrum was shot and killed Tuesday at the age of 17. According to the Athletic, Ancrum was shot by a friend after an argument over video games. 16-year-old Jatwan Phillips faces charges of aggravated manslaughter, and it remains unclear if he will be tried as an adult.
UPDATE: Josh Ancrum's mother told @WPLGLocal10 her son was shot during an argument over video games. My story on what his friends and teammates had to say about the 17-year-old three star cornerback from Miami and his football future. https://t.co/daz8MtYeVe— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) May 22, 2019
Ancrum was a promising corner at Norland High School in Miami, with interest from Bowling Green and Southern Mississippi, as well as local schools like USF in Tampa and FIU in Miami. Ancrum's dream was to play alongside his friend Jarvis Brownlee at Florida State.
While Ancrum grew up in a bad neighborhood, his life started to take a positive turn when he got to Norland's team, his teammates rallied around him, and the scholarship offers started to pour in.
Before his senior season, Josh Ancrum had 4 college offers, including USF and FIU. He also had his whole life, including that outside of football in front of him. A tragedy. https://t.co/yb57JU0LiD— Kevin Fielder (@TheKevinFielder) May 22, 2019
A memorial fund to cover Ancrum's funeral cost has been set up at GoFundMe. You can donate behind this link.