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UPDATED: Wednesday May 26, 2010 6:25 AM

The body of a 17-year-old was recovered from a quarry late Tuesday night after he apparently drowned.

Rico Butler was one of five teenagers who were swimming in the quarry, located near Dublin and Trabue roads on the northwest side.

One of the teenagers told 10TV News' Tanisha Mallett that Butler, 17, was playing in the water and joked that he was about to drown.  Then, she said Butler disappeared.

The group searched for Butler for about an hour but could not find him.  Then, they called police and started calling other classmates.

His body was recovered at about 11 p.m., Mallett reported.

Butler played running back at Hilliard Davidson and played a big role in the team's Ohio Division I high school football championship.

His teammates, classmates, friends and parents later arrived at the quarry in hopes of finding him, Mallett reported.

Colleges were beginning to look at Butler and he was hopeful that he would get a scholarship to play football, 10TV's Dom Tiberi reported.

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