North Forest sophomore caps off big year
Demond Demas just capped off a banner year.
The North Forest sophomore saw his football stock explode, reaching a massive 48 offers and then showed off his skills on the track.
Demas leapt his way to the Class 4A Long Jump State Championship, hitting a new personal record of 23-feet-8.50 inches on his final jump of the day to win it all in May.
“It makes me want to train harder,” Demas said. “I finally have a state title. That makes me want to push harder and get another one. This is a huge accomplishment in my life.”
Winning a state title in football or basketball is something Demas imagined, the sophomore admitted, but winning one in track didn’t cross his mind. The feeling of confidence that he could do this overcame him the moment he walked into Mike A. Myers Stadium.
“When I first walked in I had that feeling without a doubt,” Demas said. “I just knew I was going to win. I just jumped hard, played smart and did what I had to do. I’m a state champion.”
Demas’ name was already known before this meet – having an offer from Alabama and a visit from Nick Saban himself will do that. Heading into his junior year at North Forest, Demas holds offers from Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Michigan and Oklahoma, just to name a few.
On top of that notoriety, Demas now has a gold medal around his neck that he admitted he may not even take off when he goes to bed or goes to school.
But Demas guaranteed this is only the beginning for him.
“I can promise you this,” Demas said. “It’s been amazing but there’s more to come.”