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Detroit — Two 19-year-old men, one a highly regarded football player who just graduated from Cass Tech, were killed in a car crash early Sunday.

Prep standout Ke’Von Sardin was in a car that rammed into a tree near Conner and Engleside on the city’s east side at about 12:51 a.m. Sunday.

Police said one person died at the scene while the other was transported with head injuries to a local hospital where he died. Police said speed played a part in the crash.

Sardin, a 6-foot, 185-pound slotback, was on the verge of signing a commitment to play for Siena Heights University in Adrian, according to head football coach Jim Lyall.

“It’s a tragic situation,” Lyall said. “We all feel terrible for his family and friends. He was a neat kid. He had been on campus and really enjoyed his visit here.”

Lyall said he had traveled to Cass Tech to meet Sardin about coming to Siena Heights.

“He was intent on playing here and ... and had an impressive workout with the team,” Lyall said. “He was still in the application process.”

Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher told WJR-AM (760) that Sardin was the kind of player who made big plays for the team.

“"He was the kid that, when called upon, he brought instant hustle," Wilcher said. "He always did things in spurts and was always a kid who made big plays for us.

"It's hard to lose a kid. It's hard to lose one of your players. It's hard to lose athletes that touched so many other people."

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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