MOSS POINT, Miss. (WLOX) - East Central High School football coach and players remember senior teammate Collin Stockman, who died on New Year’s Eve in a car crash on Highway 613.
Head football coach Eric Collins said you could always find Stockman in the weight room inside of the field house at East Central High School.
“Within weeks I just grew to love him and the person he was becoming and the charisma that he had. He had a big personality in the weight room. He was in there throwing the weight around and that just seemed to be his happy place,” Collins said. “Everybody has a happy place, and I guarantee you that weight room was one of them.”
The weight room may have been Stockman’s happy place, but his teammate Raidon Williams will always remember how Stockman brought that same sense of happiness everywhere he went.
“He was always funny, always smiling. He’s never down on himself,” Williams said. “He’s a funny guy. He’s never afraid of anything. He’s go-getter and always wanting to learn.”
Stockman was described as a dependable, mature young man whose character made him a leader on the football field.
“Man he was the model teammate. He worked hard. He showed up every day,” Collins said. “He always was positive and always had a big smile on his face.”
Teammate Chase Pierce said he will always remember their last moments together.
“Collin wouldn’t be the person that he was if it wasn’t for the love and support of his family and friends, and I’ll always remember the last words that he said. I was with him Wednesday, the night before. He got into my truck and he goes I love you brother,” Pierce said. “That was the last thing he said and he wouldn’t be that way if it wasn’t for his family.”
Stockman was set to graduate from East Central High School this spring.