Tucker Pruitt, Lightsey’s coach at Fitzgerald High School, said school policy limits him in what he can say about the situation.
“What I can tell you is E.J. is doing good,” Pruitt said. “Other than that, they don’t want any other details out. They don’t know if people are out to get him, and I don’t know the complete deal on his medical situation, but we think he’s going to be fine.”
Whether Lightsey is well enough to honor the scholarship offer he accepted from Georgia on signing day Feb. 2 remains to be seen. Pruitt believes that Lightsey will.
“We’re all hoping so,” he said. “We’re expecting him to make a full recovery, and I believe he’ll be able to play football again. Right now, I just know he’s going to be OK.”
Pruitt said Georgia and coach Kirby Smart have been checking on Lightsey regularly.
“They were genuinely concerned about E.J. and his health,” Pruitt said. “And like everybody else, they’re just trying to figure out what the heck happened.”
Lightsey was a key player on Fitzgerald’s Class 2A state championship team this past season. A 6-foot-2, 210-pound inside linebacker, Lightsey was a 3-star recruiting prospect. He is scheduled to report to UGA’s campus with the other 2022 signees the first week of June.