Daxx Garman, the blue-chip quarterback who forced Jones to forfeit six games and miss the playoffs after he was ruled ineligible, has resurfaced at Southlake (Texas) Carroll.
And, according to this report by WFAA-TV in Dallas, so have the eligibility questions about him.
Garman has committed to Arizona — another Oklahoma-raised recruit lured to the desert by former Muskogee/OU fullback Seth Littrell, now an Arizona assistant under Mike Stoops. Whether he’ll ever play a down for Southlake Carroll, one of the most prestigious high school football programs in Texas or the nation, is now in question.
Garman was ruled ineligible last year by the OSSAA because his family did not fill out the proper paperwork after transferring from Carl Albert to Jones. According to Texas University Interscholastic League eligibility rules, out-of-state transfers are required to have been eligible in their previous state. They also prohibit students to transfer strictly for athletic purposes and require families to make a complete relocation that includes putting their former home on the market or sold.
According to WFAA, real estate records in Oklahoma show the Garmans’ family home in Choctaw wasn’t put up for sale until early August, the day a WFAA reporter interviewed a Southlake Carroll official to ask them about Garman’s move and eligibility.
A WFAA camera crew came to Oklahoma and photographed Garman’s father, Pat, apparently picking up mail at the home and hitching up a boat and heading to the lake. When the crew did an ambush interview of Garman’s father at a gas station, Pat Garman grew weary of questions about why he was still in Oklahoma and chest-passed a bag of ice at a WFAA cameraman.
Southlake Carroll athletic director Kevin Ozee said he contacted the OSSAA to inquire about Garman’s eligibility. He also said he had proof the family had put its former home up for sale last spring. But the WFAA report contradicted both claims and quotes OSSAA officials as saying they had not been contacted by Southlake Carroll.
The Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson will be writing on this topic for Thursday’s editions.