The eligibility saga of former Jones High School quarterback Daxx Garman will not end with a committee’s ruling Friday that he is ineligible to play at Southlake Carroll. The ruling came just hours before Garman was to start the season opener for one of Texas’ elite high school football programs.
Garman’s attorney, Scott Adams, said the family will appeal Friday’s 4-3 vote by the executive committee of District 7-5A — the district Southlake Carroll plays in — to the University Intercollegiate League, a governing body for Texas high school activities.
“We are trying to stay focused, because it’s about a young kid,” Adams told the Dallas Morning News. “We think it was the wrong decision. They didn’t move here for athletic purposes. Daxx is a good kid. He’s the one who is hurt.”
According to the Morning News, Garman was twice declared eligible by the executive committee of the district Southlake Carroll played in last year. That was before a Dallas TV report aired Tuesday questioning whether Garman’s move from Choctaw was for athletic purposes, which is prohibited by the UIL.
Garman, who committed to the University of Arizona, was ruled ineligible last year by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association after he played eight games for Jones. The OSSAA ruled said he failed to file a hardship waiver when he transferred from Carl Albert High School before his junior season.