Cocoa Beach (Fla.) senior David Demeter started lining up on the offensive and defensive lines from his first days in football. His origins in the middle of the line have paved a path for this 5-foot-8 senior to play college football.
Demeter rushed for 958 yards himself as a junior. He has become known as a defensive playmaker as well, but it’s ability as a long-snapping specialist that has drawn offers of college scholarship money.
“I was center and nose tackle,” he said. “I started snapping when I was 7. I wasn’t too good at it at first, but my dad was a coach, and we worked at it.”
Football has been one constant in the life of Demeter as his Air Force family moved to seven different locations during his life. The 17-year-old was born in Okinawa, Japan. Before Cocoa Beach, where he is in his third year of school, he lived in San Antonio.
Somewhere along the way, he played for a youth team that ran the shotgun, which requires the center to snap the ball to a quarterback standing several yards behind the line of scrimmage. Eventually, he and his dad realized long snapping was a natural progression.
“We continued on with that, practicing and getting better and better,” he said. “Now, senior year, I’m looking around and have colleges asking me to go long snap. It was a good decision.”
Demeter has done extensive traveling to football camps, working on the special teams skill and exposing his ability and interest to coaches. He used Twitter to communicate with recruiters, and that’s how he first connected with coaches at Florida Tech.
His Cocoa Beach team, far from a football powerhouse, has followed up a 2-8 year with a 1-0 start. The Minutemen beat Deltona Trinity Christian last week, 24-14. Demeter ran 19 yards for a touchdown and completed a pass for a 2-point conversion to his quarterback, Mitchell Machock. Friday, they’ll host Pine Ridge as Brevard teams play Week 2 games.