Upland transfer Darren Jones ruled ineligible at Cajon

Four high profile football transfers from Upland to Corona Centennial were ruled ineligible by the CIF Southern Section, but Centennial wasn’t the only school to have transfers from Upland denied.

Darren Jones, a sophomore who led Upland in receiving as a freshman last year with 19 receptions for 437 yards and five touchdowns, had transferred to Cajon and hoped to be a big part of the Cowboy offense. That won’t happen anytime soon as CIF-SS also ruled him ineligible for football and basketball until next July. Rogers said Upland contested Jones’ transfer.

“I think he’s going to file an appeal with the state (CIF), as far as I know,” Cajon coach Nick Rogers said. “But that would take several weeks.”

Rogers doesn’t agree with Upland contesting the transfer.

“I’m like Kim (Battin, former Cajon coach). If a guy doesn’t want to play here, let him go,” Rogers said.

Unlike other schools, Cajon has not been a destination for many transfers Rogers said. He notes that he lost three varsity players to transfers (two to Pacific and one to San Gorgonio) and got only one varsity player back, receiver Tre’veon Wellmaker from Jurupa Hills.

“If this is a recruiting competition, I’m not doing a very good job,” Rogers said.

 

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