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MSU recruit Paulino-Bell in Jet Ski accident

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Michigan State football signee Lashawn Paulino-Bell is in stable condition after a Jet Ski accident suffered Sunday while his family was on vacation in the Bahamas, his aunt said.

Suzie Jean confirmed to The News her nephew had been in an accident as she explained in a post on GoFundMe. She said Paulino-Bell was taken to a hospital in the Bahamas then air-lifted to a trauma center in Miami.

Lashawn Paulino-Bell

“On April 16, 2017, while on a family vacation in the Bahamas my nephew, Lashawn Paulino the Defensive End for the Saint Thomas Aquinas Raiders and current Michigan State University Commit, was in a jet-skiing accident,” the post stated. “He was rushed to Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Bahamas however they were not equipped for nor did they have the man power to treat his injuries and as a result he was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is currently in stable condition and I have faith that the amazing staff at Ryder Trauma will take great care of him and have him back to himself in no time. I have started this gofundme account to help his parents raise the necessary funds needed to cover the unexpected medical expenses from this horrible accident. All prayers and donations are greatly appreciated. Please feel free to share this page far and wide.”

While there was no official word from Michigan State, coach Mark Dantonio voiced his support for Paulino-Bell on Twitter.

“Our best to @Legendary_8 as he recovers,” Dantonio posted. “Good to hear him in good spirits. He is looking forward to the fall.”

A 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Tamarac, Fla., Paulino-Bell is ranked the No. 33 defensive end prospect in the nation by ESPN.com.

“When you see that big body guy with his big hands like that you cannot help but be attracted and say who’s that? Who’s that guy?” Dantonio said of Paulino-Bell on signing day. “Has tremendous speed off the edge. Will impact this football program in a lot of ways, sort of a nationally recruited guy.

“But I think Lashawn is an outstanding player.”

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