For nearly two hours the fate of Jaylin Nelson's junior football season hung in the balance as the District 8-6A DEC meeting in Mansfield on Monday morning. After hearing testimony from Nelson's parents along with coaches and administrators from DeSoto, the DEC ruled 5-0 against Nelson thus making him ineligible to compete in varsity football for the 2015 season. Nelson still has a glimmer of hope to play in 2015 as it is very likely Duncanville will appeal the ruling to the UIL State Executive Committee for a September hearing.
Nelson, whose enrollment in Duncanville sparked lots of talk about the Panthers building a new powerhouse in Southern Dallas County is the second transfer from DeSoto to Duncanville to be ruled ineligible for the 2015 as in the spring Tre Siggers was ruled ineligible and his appeal to the UIL State Executive Committee was denied. Nelson as a sophomore started the vast majority of games for a DeSoto squad that went 10-2 in 2014, after previous starter Tristen Wallace was injured. He was expected to be a big part of a revamped Duncanville attack, but barring a surprise reversal of course it is likely his 2015 season is over before it begins. In an ironic twist of fate, Nelson by rule is still eligible to play varsity athletics at his former school DeSoto.
District 8-6A has had many high profile transfers this off-season and there is still one more hearing to take place as WR Dee Anderson will have his eligibility reviewed by the 8-6A DEC in two weeks. The LSU commit transferred to DeSoto from West Mesquite in early summer.