COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An Ohio State soccer player has died after drowning in a central Ohio lake.
The body of Fikayo Idowu, a defender for the Ohio State men’s soccer team, was recovered from Apple Valley Lake in Knox County on Friday evening according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
Idowu, 19, was recovered by dive teams in eastern Knox County at about 8:34pm, nearly 45 minutes after officials were alerted of a possible drowning. He was taken to a Columbus hospital where he died.
Idowu redshirted in 2014 and played in two games in 2015. Head coach John Bluem said Idowu was an “unbelievably good human being.”
“He was a very quiet kid, very intelligent, marvelous athlete, really, really hard worker… always a smile and always a pleasant person to be around,” he said.
According to the Ohio State athletics website, Idowu was from Madison, Miss. and attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal School for high school. He was a junior majoring in health and rehabilitation sciences at OSU and planned to attend Medical School after graduating. He was an Ohio State Prominence Scholar and a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Arrangements are pending.
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