in Texas you have to do it 7th grade year, UIL calendar starts in 8th grade, you have 5 yrs to compete. you might be able to do it and switch to a private school possibly. I had a few friends who stayed back when I was growing up and it worked out for one of them, Heisman trophy winner, 14 yr career in the NFL.
I have an honest question and I am not trying to be snide. Do you think that having the extra year helped the player become a Heisman trophy winner? Would he have missed that opportunity if he was not held back. I understand we will never truly know, just looking for your educated guess.