Coach Tim Corbin met with players and coaches late Thursday night to inform them of Everett’s death. The Commodores are scheduled to play Xavier in their NCAA Regional game at 7 p.m. Friday.
Vanderbilt spokesman Rod Williamson said the status of Friday's game has not yet been decided because the university is still gathering information and athletics director David Williams is traveling back from the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla.
Everett, 19, just finished his freshman year at Vanderbilt. He was one of the nation’s top high school pitchers while starring at Clarksville High.
A Coffee County emergency dispatcher said emergency crews were called to a drowning in Normandy Lake about 5 p.m. The sheriff’s office and an emergency squad ambulance were sent to the scene, the dispatcher said.
Normandy Lake, which is located in Manchester, is about 44 minutes southeast of Murfreesboro by car. It is a popular spot for fishing and swimming.
Everett is the second Vanderbilt student-athlete to die in a drowning accident in just over a year. In May 2015, former Vanderbilt basketball player Dai-Jon Parker, 22, drowned in Indianapolis.
Everett, the 2015 Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year, was among the rising stars in Vanderbilt’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class a year ago. He sat out the first half of his freshman season at Vanderbilt with an injury, but he pitched well once he took the mound with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings.
RIP Donny Everett . #931— Antwuan Branch 3⃣ (@KingBranch3) June 3, 2016
Still can't believe this happened... Probably one of the better guys on and off the field that I've ever met. Rest in peace, Donny Everett.— alex brewer (@alex_brewer09) June 3, 2016
Rest in peace Donny Everett. Gone way to soon and had way to much ahead.. I will miss you my friend.. Can't even believe this happened..— Bryce Denton (@brycedenton25) June 3, 2016
RIP Donny Everett... Prayers go out to the Everett family..— TN Ballplayers (@TN_Ballplayers) June 3, 2016