Posted: 4:36 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014

Update: 5-star transfer ruled eligible at Savannah Christian 

By Todd Holcomb

Demetris Robertson, the preseason all-state defensive back for Savannah Country Day who transferred this week to rival Savannah Christian, is eligible immediately for sports at his new school, the Georgia High School Association ruled Tuesday.

Robertson, rated a five-star recruit by Rivals, is committed to Alabama. Robertson led SCD last season in tackles with 90 at free safety and had 36 receptions for 556 yards and rushed for 178 yards. He also was 3-for-3 passing for 131 yards. “A special player,” Savannah Country Day coach Dennis Coyle said.

According to the Savannah Morning News, Robertson and his family have moved closer to Savannah Christian’s campus.

“It was a family-based decision,” Robertson told Dennis Knight of the Morning News on Monday, before learning of the GHSA’s decision. “My brother [guardian Carlos Robertson] works at Groves as a teacher, so we moved from the Southside to Garden City so he would be closer to his job. It’s still up in the air if I will be able to play, and we’re praying to God about that, but whatever happens, happens.”

The Robertson case may help explain some of the complexities of the GHSA’s transfer rules, especially as it applies to private-school students.

According to GHSA by-law 1.62 (b), a student moving from a private school can choose the play at the private school or public school serving his new district (and be immediately eligible) as long as he moved from one public school district to a different public school district. He doesn’t have to leave the county, which is the district (or service area) for private schools.

In this case, according to the GHSA: “Robertson completed a bona fide move, along with his guardian, from one public school district (Windsor-Forest) to another (Groves) and is therefore eligible to choose between the public or private high school in that new district. He has chosen the private school, Savannah Christian. Since everything else is in order (grades, age, etc.), he is immediately eligible.”

8 comments
EJSDawg
EJSDawg

I'm extremely proud of this young man's athletic and academic accomplishments. SCDS has prepared him well for college, especially from an academic stand-point. I feel sorry for the childhood friends he left behind (his teammates).

DTDUGA1975
DTDUGA1975

I'm sure this is a big deal to the Savannah area folks, but those of us in Gwinnett could not care less.  We;ve always had to deal with Buford and GACS - makes the Savannah situation seem kinda punny.

thebucket
thebucket

The transfer rules are really hard to decipher. It used to be that a player had to be at his new school for a certain period of time before they were eligible, whether they had moved or not. Transferring between 8th and 9th grade is the only safe way to transfer without restrictions.

mjr59
mjr59

ejsdawg stop hating and be proud of this young man

mjr59
mjr59

Demetris I am so proud of you and what you are trying to accomplish keep up the good work and keep god in your heart you have nothing to be ashamed of

EJSDawg
EJSDawg

Savannah Christian finally got their man. Last years attempt to persuade Robertson to transfer to SCPS took a turn in the opposite direction when SCDS denied access to Robertson transcripts. A hardship waiver for eligibility in 2014 should not be granted since a hardship does not exist. The GHSA should check D. Robertson's brothers (Carlos) bank account. Alabama should question this kids character.

EJSDawg
EJSDawg

Extremely proud of his accomplishments via his God given natural talent. From an academic stand-point, SCDS has prepared this young man for the next level. I feel sorry for his teammates (his childhood friends) that he left behind.

MMDubya
MMDubya

@EJSDawg Good ole SCPS football. Nothing's changed in 30 years.