Tre Allison

Burleson standout football and basketball player Tre Allison (20) passed away Monday night in a two-vehicle wreck in Burleson. Allison was 16. Coaches remember him as a leader with a great personality.

BURLESON — A Burleson High School student died in a two-vehicle wreck Monday night.

At about 9:15 p.m., multiple Burleson Fire Department, Burleson Police Department and MedStar EMS units were called to the 700 block of NW John Jones Drive at Tarpon Drive. Jayden “Tre” Allison, 16, of Crowley was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:24 p.m.

“Waking up to a coach’s worst fear,” Burleson ISD Athletic Director Kevin Ozee wrote on Twitter. “We lost a very good young man last night. Please pray for [Burleson, Elk football, Elk basketball and Tre Allison’s] family. There will be no UIL practices at BHS this morning but our coaches and counselors will be at the BHS Arena.”

According to DFW Scanner, two high school-aged teenagers were in a vehicle traveling southbound on John Jones when a northbound vehicle turning onto Tarpon Drive clipped their vehicle. The car occupied by the teenagers veered off the roadway and struck a tree. The impact caused the vehicle to split in half.

The driver, whose age has not yet been released, was transported to a local hospital with injuries. His or her condition is unknown. Allison was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Allison played football and basketball for the Elks. As a sophomore in 2019, Allison was among Johnson County’s leaders in interceptions as he earned all-district honorable mention in addition to being a standout basketball player as well.

“Transcendent — surpassing the ordinary; exceptional. Very rarely do you find individuals that their impact is felt across all lines,” Burleson Football Coach Jon Kitna said. “Tre Allison was a transcendent individual that impacted all those that were blessed enough to be in his circle of influence.”

Burleson Basketball Coach Layne Boxell said Allison always brought a smile with him wherever he went.

“I think the biggest thing to me that stands out about Tre is him always being happy and having a joyful heart,” Boxell said. “He was always smiling when he walked in and he made others smile.

“Last night at the scene of the accident, you could tell the impact he had on everybody. When teachers or administration or coaches found out, the reaction they had shows what an incredible kid he was. Obviously we know he was a terrific athlete but that wasn’t the first thing people talk about with him. He’s such a great kid. I think that speaks volumes when you’re that good of an athlete but the first thing people talk about is your character.”

Boxell estimated there were between 100-150 people that showed up near the site of the accident Monday night.

“I was out there from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and more and more people kept coming,” Boxell said. “Nobody was leaving. There was administration, teachers, coaches, classmates. I hadn’t seen a scene like that as far as the support.”

Ozee said the decision was made to not have practices on Tuesday. School counselors and coaches were at the Burleson High School Arena on Tuesday to provide support for Allison’s teammates and friends.

“Most of the kids and coaches stayed pretty late into the morning near the site,” Ozee said. “There’s a handful of kids who have come up today to hang out. We do have coaches and counselors on staff who are visiting with the kids. It’s going to take time.

“Everybody that I’ve talked to says he’s just a great kid, not only on the football field and basketball court, but a top student. One of the coaches this morning said he had a 4.0 GPA and a couple of the kids I’ve talked to said he was their go-to guy. He was a very popular, well-liked leader.”

Burleson High School Principal Wayne Leek said Allison was a “true leader.”

“Tre was a very special kid that was destined to do great things,” Leek said. “One of the many memories that I have about Tre is that he was highly competitive and worked daily to be the best. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends, family and teammates.”

Burleson Assistant Coach Caden Crawford said Allison’s personality is what stood out more than anything else.

“As cliché as it sounds, you always knew when he was in the room,” said Crawford, who also had Allison in one of his classes. “He was an awesome, awesome kid — respectful, hard working, extremely intelligent. He was always focused and overly competitive in everything that he did.

“He was a leader. He always did the right things. You never had to worry when other kids were with him. He was raised the right way. He always set the right example in anything he did. Whether it was in the classroom, on the football field or outside of school, you never had to worry about him at all. That’s the type of kid he was.”

An outpouring of support in Allison’s memory was shared on Twitter from teammates, coaches and classmates as well as Burleson ISD administration.

“My heart is so heavy and I’m at a [loss],” Burleson Assistant Coach Phillip Tanner tweeted. “Cherish life! Be great in all that you do! That’s exactly how Tre operated on a daily! Love you @TreFamous3 you will be missed heavily.”

“We lost a fine young man last night and our hearts are hurting,” Burleson Assistant Coach Steve Goben tweeted. “Please take a moment and pray for Tre’s family and friends. Rest easy Tre.”

Boxell said Allison was a rare athlete in that he made an impact in multiple sports as a sophomore.

“From a sports side, what stands out about Tre was his effort,” Boxell said. “You always knew what type of effort you were going to get. He always had a good head on his shoulders. As a sophomore, he was a big part of varsity football and varsity basketball. For him to do that at such a young age showed maturity. He was a good athlete. 

“From the basketball side, he was an incredible defender. Even as a sophomore, we’d have him guard the best players most nights. He was very athletic and could get after people. He was tenacious in the way he played. There were a lot of things that he did that made him special, especially as a sophomore at the 5A level playing a big role in multiple sports. That says a lot about the type of athlete and person he was because that’s not something many kids achieve.”

Crawford said Allison was a fierce competitor and would find any way to gain an edge.

“I talked to some of the new coaches about this today and told them my favorite part of every Friday night this past season was how Tre tried to get a mental edge against the receivers he was playing,” Crawford said. “He was so competitive. Any time a receiver he lined up against, if they were wearing a towel, that was one of his missions in the game was to get in their head by taking their towel. That’s just one thing within a game he would try to add to his favor was if the receiver was wearing a towel, it would turn into his towel at some point in the game.”

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