Within minutes of the news hitting the wire, the responses started rolling in.
Comment after comment was made in response to the UIL State Executive Committee's decision of ruling Tomball receiver Demond Demas ineligible to play his senior season at Tomball by a 6-0 vote. Due to the decision, Demas had the option to either return to North Forest or seek a private school route.
Instead, the No. 2-ranked recruit in Texas for the 2020 class, who is verbally committed to Texas A&M, will sit out his senior season of varsity play and stay at Tomball High School.
The reactions on social media have ranged from questioning the decision, attacking North Forest High School and Houston ISD's academic track record, the UIL rules on transfers and more.
VYPE reached out to the UIL office to clear up what have become some common misconceptions the public is creating around this decision by the State Executive Committee.
UIL Media Coordinator Kate Hector addressed some of the common misconceptions that have been flooding social media and cleared up some wrongly reported information.
MISCONCEPTION: This happened because Demond Demas is a 5-star recruit?
UIL: "No, that is not part of the decision-making process ... The quality of the athlete or how high-profile it is really has no bearing on the proceedings. When it gets to the State Executive Committee it's an entirely new hearing. If there's any new information, the District Executive Committee's decision is presented as information, but it's a totally new chance for the student to make his case."
Demond Demas won't play his senior season.
It is not because of a season-ending injury but rather due to his appeal for his transfer to Tomball being denied by the UIL State Executive Committee on Tuesday.
"Whatever happened, it happened," Demas said following the ruling. "I'm not going to cry about it. I'm not going to be upset. It's just life. Life's going to throw you adversity. Life's going to throw you curveballs. You going to knock it out of the park or what? That's how I see it. I'm just going to knock it out of the park from here on out.
"I swung. I missed. Not going to strikeout though."
The 6-0 vote by the State Executive Committee upheld the previous ruling by the District 20-5A Executive Committee, which ruled that he had indeed moved to Tomball for athletic purposes, which is against the rules of the UIL.
As of August 6, the SEC had heard three appeals, two were denied and one had been withdrawn. In the 2018-2019 year, 51 appeals were made to the SEC, 36 were declined, 11 were granted and three were withdrawn. In 2018-2019, 70.59 percent of District Executive Committee decisions were upheld by the SEC.
Moments after the ruling, Demas, who's only option to play his senior season was to return to North Forest High School, tweeted that he would not be returning to his original high school. Instead, he will be staying at Tomball.
I just wanna thank all the people that have my back and believe in me I'm NOT going back to North Forest I'm staying at Tomball High School for the better environment and better academics I know GOD has better plans for me 💯❤️ #GigEm 👍🏾
— HollyWood Demas (@DemondDemas1) August 20, 2019
Demas spent the last three seasons playing at North Forest before transferring to Tomball in 2019.
"It's a really sad day," Houston ISD Athletic Director Andre Walker told VYPE in an exclusive interview. "Nobody wins. Not good for the school or for the kids. When you have adults with their own motives getting involved in this process, this is what you get."
Demas - who is verbally committed to Texas A&M - is the No. 2 recruit in Texas per 24/7 Sports. In the country, Demas is the No.14 overall recruit for the 2020 class.
"It was stressful for my family, not for me," Demas said. "I'm all smiles. I'm alright with it. I mean I did what I had to do in my three years. Got my scholarships, got the grades, got my SAT score. Now it's just smooth sailing my senior year. I would love to play football my senior year but I guess it just wasn't in God's plan. I'm not going to question God and why he did it."
So, what's next for Demas?
"Just keep training with Footwork King, keep trying to keep myself together, keep myself molded as the receiver that I am and just make myself even better than what I used to be," Demas said.
BREAKING VIDEO: Tomball WR @DemondDemas1 talks to the media after being DENIED his appeal to the SEC. He will not play football his senior year. #txhsfb @abc13sports @KPRC2RandyMc @DTGoteraKHOU @MarkBermanFox26 @ToddFreed57 @usatodayhss @MaxPreps @abc13houston @HISDAthletics pic.twitter.com/ClB5xmukCl
— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) August 20, 2019
VYPE will continue to update this story as it develops.