The Florida state 2A champion in the 100 meters during his just completed junior season, he has the nation's second-ranked high school time in that event this year with a blazing clocking of 10.34. He has run a wind-aided 10.32 this year and set the state track meet record with a time of 10.37.
In addition to winning many honors in track, Demps is rather good in another sport. He was an All-State tailback last fall as he rushed for 1,761 yards and 21 touchdowns on 170 carries.
The combination of those kind of numbers with that type of speed make the 5-10, 180-pound tailback from South Lake High in Groveland, Fla., a prospect who already has lots of scholarship offers.
"Florida, Kentucky, Auburn, Kansas State, Arkansas, Arizona State, Virginia Tech, UCF (Central Florida), FIU (Florida International University) and FAU (Florida Atlantic University) have offered me," says Demps, who notes that he is seriously looking at a variety of colleges, including Auburn, with plenty of time until national signing day in February 2008.
Demps, who has a best time of 14.31 in the 110 high hurdles, has started on the varsity in football the past two years.
Despite splitting time between track and football this spring, Demps says his time on the football field went well. "We won our spring game, which was really good, and I got a chance to know my upcoming teammates," he says.
Auburn is recruiting another very fast high school junior out of the state of Florida, wide receiver Harry Adams from Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale. Demps says he knows who Adams is, but hasn't raced him. "We were supposed to race at the Florida Relays, but he didn't show."
Demps says on the football field his vision and his speed are his best attributes. He isn't the only speedy football recruit named Demps who is interested in Auburn. His cousin, cornerback Cameron Demps, will be a senior this fall at Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee, Ga., where he intercepted seven passes last season for the Class 5A state champions.
Cameron Demps, who notes that he has been clocked under 4.4 seconds in the 40, is receiving recruiting attention from a number of colleges, including Auburn. Both Jeff and Cameron were among the most impressive prospects at the Scout Southeast Elite 150 Camp.