Cajon QB transfers to Centennial

Cajon quarterback Taylor Martinez, who helped lead the Cowboys to a 6-5 record and a victory over Pasadena Muir in the first round of the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs, transferred to Corona Centennial over the winter.

Martinez, who was commuting to Cajon from Norco every day, left school shortly after the season and enrolled at Centennial, a much shorter commute from his home.
“I know that he left pretty shortly after the season ended,” Cajon coach Kim Battin said Thursday. “The commute was really tough on him and his mother. His mother was pregnant with twins and they’d get caught in traffic coming up here and then going back. It would be 45 minutes each way, and that will get to you.”
Transferring isn’t new for Martinez, who came to Cajon from Norco in January 2007. The 6-1, 185-pound senior will be a senior for the Huskies, who went to the Division I State Championship Bowl in December. Martinez has received early recruiting interest from Iowa State, Michigan State, San Diego State and Vanderbilt according to Rivals.com, though he has not been offered a scholarship as of yet.
While Battin is unclear about what position that Martinez, who is listed as an athlete in his Rivals.com page, will play at Centennial, the Huskies employ a spread offense similar to the one Cajon employs. Centennial’s most recent quarterback, Matt Scott, signed with Arizona State in February.
Cajon has had a highly-touted transfer come in, as defensive back Marlon Pollard, a UCLA verbal commit, moved in from Valencia this winter.
“Marlon is quite an acquisition,” said Battin, who expects Pollard to play wide receiver and defensive back. “He’s so smooth to the ball on defense, I get confused and think he’s running routes.”
As far as the quarterbacks left, Battin expects Martinez’s spot to be filled by incoming senior Ronald Sereno or incoming sophomore Thomas Carter, who sparkled on Cajon’s freshman team. Spring practice, which will begin on May 12, will help to establish a quarterbacking hierarchy.