If every FBS-level coach could get ahold of just one prospect in this recruiting class, Tomball wide receiver Demond Demas would probably be that guy.
Demas is an envied offensive weapon and a tremendous threat to opposing defenses. He has the ability to catch a screen pass and go the distance, take the top off of secondaries, and win the jump ball battle against any defensive back. Defensive coordinators are forced to pick their poison when trying to defend him.
The five-star prospect has lived up to every bit of the hype up to this point.
Demas put on a clinic in his junior season as his 50 receptions netted upwards of 1,500 receiving yards and 23 touchdown. Those eye-popping numbers don’t necessarily do justice to the numerous things Demas had to do at his former high school, Houston North Forest. Being the magnificent athlete that he is, Demas also played quarterback, was an effective return man, and balled out on the defensive side of the ball in the secondary, as well.
Making all of the critics and those that doubt him eat their words is something that Demas has prided himself on, not just last football season, but during this offseason. Between the Under Armour camp, The Opening regionals, and 7on7 events, Demas’ goal is to prove everyone wrong and give people a reason to deem him the absolute best player in the nation.
To be quite frank, Demas has a legitimate argument after completely obliterating opponents at all of the top in-state events over the course of these last four months.
“They’ve been off, talking about this, that, and the third. I understand Zach Evans, but Julian Fleming and all them, they say that they’re better than me. But they not out here proving it,” said Demas, who’s ranked No. 22 nationally and as the No. 3 wide receiver, per the 247Sports Composite.
“They don’t put up the stats that I put up,” Demas continued with emotion. “I missed three games, got put out the first round of the playoffs; so that means I didn’t play as many games as them. I’m trying to prove to them and let them know that if they had what I had last season, I guarantee you that they wouldn’t be in the position they’re in right now.”
Taking a strong stance on his abilities and where he matches up against the best in the nation is something from which you won’t catch Demas shying away. It’s imperative that his way of expressing himself isn’t misinterpreted for cockiness though — he simply loves to compete with his peers and have fun while in the process of doing so.
After demonstrating his daunting presence on the in-state camp circuit, Demas is ready to make a national statement and camp at a few of the more prestigious programs in the country. This is something that you don’t usually see from a recruit of Demas’ caliber, especially seeing that he is a verbal commit to Texas A&M.
To that end, although Demas says that he’s all in with the Aggies, he still wants to explore his options. Alongside the Longhorns, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Ole Miss are the the school’s that he says have a “two percent chance” right now and are places you might see the high-powered wideout make a visit to and possibly camp at this upcoming summer.
“Now it’s time to go out of state,” Demas said. “Clemson, Alabama... I want to camp with them and take a little visit, but not an official visit. I’m still considering everybody, I told Jimbo [Fisher] that from the start. I said my recruitment is open, but I’m committing to your school.”
Demas has been committed to the Aggies since last September after making an unofficial visit to College Station during a hard-fought matchup against Clemson. Since that verbal commitment, Demas has frequently made his way to Austin for unofficial visits with his latest one being during Junior Day. Current Texas offensive tackle signee Javonne Shepherd is a large factor in why we see Demas on the Forty Acres so often, as Shepherd is Demas’ former teammate and the two are basically like brothers.
The future Longhorn offensive lineman is a huge reason why Demas is still somewhat “considering” Texas.
The Texas coaching staff has always been fond of the type of player Demas is and haven’t let off the gas in their recruiting efforts for the top -ated wide receiver in the Lone Star State. Demas is still in communication with head Tom Herman and wide receivers coaches Drew Mehringer and Corby Meekins, speaking with them at least once or twice a week.
Demas is adamant that the Longhorns have their work cut out in their pursuit of a potential flip. A number of Crystal Ball picks came in less than two weeks after Demas’ pledge to Texas A&M projecting a flip, but, of course, that failed to come to fruition, at least at the time.
This recruitment will be interesting and one to watch until signing day, but Demas wants it to be known that he’s 100-percent committed to Texas A&M.
The climate for the Horns 2020 class is certainly on the way to leaving a significant mark on the recruiting trail, with five early verbal commits from prospects that all reside on the offensive side of the ball. After losing former commit Saint Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic wide receiver Mookie Cooper, the Longhorns currently don’t hold a commit from at the wideout position. Outside of Demas, five-star target Johnny Wilson from Calabasas (Calif.), Fort Bend Austin star Troy Omeire, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington playmaker Javian Hester, and Temple standout Quentin Johnson are other big prospects at the position that the staff will continue to lobby for.