Ineligible Diamond Bar football player must be creative to get recruited this season

Getting recruited without playing varsity football isn’t exactly a common predicament for a high school junior.

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That, however, is the situation in which Diamond Bar’s Antonio Hull finds himself after being declared ineligible this season due to an athletically motivated transfer.

There is no doubt that Hull, who was an impact player at running back, quarterback and defensive back as a sophomore at West Covina last season, has the talent to warrant attention from college scouts. He has already received interest from several schools, including Washington, USC and UCLA. The typical stage on which to showcase his abilities simply isn’t available to him this season.

The game film from his all-important junior year will feature Hull playing in a scrimmage or two in addition to some junior varsity games.

He is allowed to play as many games as he’d like with the JV, but is ineligible to join the varsity until Nov. 16, eight days after the end of the regular season. Should the Brahmas make their first playoff appearance in nine years and advance to the second round, Hull will suit up for his first game in purple and white.

“He’s going to play in three or four JV games to try and get some film, because that’s what some colleges have asked him to do,” Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine said. “It’s a tough situation for him. He’s just going to try and stay in shape and hopefully we can make it to the second round of the playoffs.”

Washington has expressed the most interrest in the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect, who is also on the radar of USC and UCLA.

“They’re nowhere near offering (scholarships),” Maine said. “But UCLA and USC both asked about him when they stopped by practice.”