Daxx Garman is still headed from Oklahoma to Tucson to try to lead the Wildcat football team to a future Rose Bowl. But a layover in Texas is creating some significant problems for the traveling quarterback.
Garman was the first member of the University of Arizona’s 2011 recruiting class, one if its most prized catches. He made an unofficial visit to Tucson to watch the game against Oregon, and then verbally committed in February to play for the Cats.
Coach Mike Stoops and his staff were anxiously awaiting his arrival after his senior season this year because the 6’2″ passing machine might just be the franchise quarterback of the future for the Cats. He has the skills to begin contributing to the program as soon as he arrives.
As a junior at Jones High School in Oklahoma, Garman threw for 2,311 yards and 24 touchdowns in eight games, before being ruled ineligible to finish the season.
This wasn’t one of those cases of an athlete not hitting the books and failing to maintain eligibility due to poor grades. Garman carries a 4.2 GPA and even hoped to graduate high school early to be able to enroll at UofA in January.
The school’s principal failed to file the required hardship waiver that was necessary when Garman transferred to Jones from Carl Albert High School, an out-of-district school.
So Garman headed for Texas to compete at Southlake Carroll High School, a football powerhouse outside of Dallas, making it three different schools in four years.
But a TV report was aired questioning whether the carpetbagging signal caller had transferred to Carroll for athletic reasons, which is against the rules that govern high school sports in the Lone Star State.
Garman had won the starting spot on his new Texas team, but three hours before kick-off of the first game of the season, the school district’s executive committee ruled him ineligible to play high school football in the state of Texas.
The athlete’s family is expected to file an appeal to the University Interscholastic League (UIL), which could take a week or so to be heard. Odds are against any success at the appeal, since the UIL normally stands behind decisions by the district executive committee.
At the least, that means Garman will miss the first couple of games of the season. But, more than likely, he won’t play for Southlake Carroll this season.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t play ball his senior year. His option is to play for a private school in the area, which would be allowed since that school wouldn’t belong to the UIL.
But the bottom line is that Garman won’t have the kind of senior year he had hoped to have, and his game experience will be cut short again. Just as it was his junior year at Jones HS.
Garman was intercepted just six times his entire junior season. But as a senior, he has already been thrown for a major loss.
And he hasn’t played a single game yet.