BREAKING NEWS: West Covina picks up a huge transfer in defensive end Justin Hornsby …

An already impressive offseason haul of talent just got better for the West Covina High School football program.

Justin Hornsby, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive end, was cleared to attend the school by the county and is expected to start opposite standout Justen Meaders.

Hornsby attended Rancho Verde last year. He moved into the Covina Unified School District and was in South Hills’ area. But the junior-to-be wanted to play at West Covina. He had to protest to the county because Covina Unified would not release him.

After a five-hour wait at the county office on Tuesday, Hornsby got clearance. Coaches consider him to be on par with Meaders, which immediately ranks him as one of the top defensive players in the area.

So far this offseason the Bulldogs have gotten transfers in the form of former San Dimas quarterback Emilio Zertuche and Diamond Ranch receiver Sidney Jones. West Covina also landed Compton Pop Warner phenom Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who is expected to start the season with the freshman team.

Aram’s take: The rich get richer. I always thought it would be scary if West Covina simply kept its talent home. But now the Bulldogs are doing that, plus getting transfers. I have heard coaches rave about Hornsby, who is supposed to be a Meaders clone. That’s a scary, scary, scary thought. Good luck scoring on the Bulldogs this season.

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  • Dan

    Mr. Hornsby,
    Glad to have you, welcome aboard and good luck in your season.

  • What CIF

    This is incredible, great for Hornsby but an unbelievable call by CIF. If this had been Hornsby living in the West Covina district and opting for South Hills, no way he’s cleared, the bias is unbelievable. You remember the infamous “principles” line by CIFs Tom Simmons. Question, if he lives in the Covina Unified and is “choosing” to go to West Covina, how in the hell is that not “athletically motivated.” Aram, would you explain, at least the Canada’s moved to the South Hills district before CIF pulled the plug on them. It’s amazing, even when South Hills guys leave like Vaughns (Northview school district) and Gilchrist leave, they’re immediately cleared too, yet almost everyone (who’s that Bishop Amat to South Hills transfer this season who was denied) who transfers to South Hills is ineligible now. Aram, I hope you ask Simmons the tough questions.


    BREAKING NEWS: POMONA picks up a huge transfer in linebacker Yarbrough Sir Darius …

    Darius was Second Team All-League Inland Valley League (Justin Hornsby didn’t make first or second team)

    Darius (also) played at Rancho Verde last year.

    With returning First Team All-League LB Fabian Abraham and the additions of Michael Todd, recent transfer from Alta Loma (also Second Team All-League) and Donavan Weldon transfer from Alta Loma whom transferred last season, had to sit out a year, CIF. These four LB’s along with D1(PAC12) bound First Team All-League Gerrard Kough will have one of the most dominating defenses in the Mid Valley division.

    It should be noted ALL players have been approved by CIF.

  • South Hills Parent

    Well said, “CIF.” Couldn’t have said it better!!

  • CIF

    Hornsby moved. When you move, you can attend any school in reality. It’s not like he enrolled at south hills and then left. The family researched their options close to their home, academic as well as athletic. Check the API scores, they are very close if WC is not higher. Hornsby tried to get an interdistrict release from Covina Valley to attend WCHS. They denied and denied appeal. He then appealed to the county and they approved it based on academic reasons. The next step is to send paperwork to CIF, which is to be signed by rancho verde and west covina. he never attended south hills, so they are not part of CIF clearance.

    BTW, CVUSD has been denying a lot of interdistrict transfers, athletes and nonathletes alike, to keep ADA $$ staying in their district and that is probably what this is about, not SH trying to keep a player that is theirs. I bet SH had no idea he was there.

  • Aram Blew It

    Aram Aram Aram,

    Your Pomona sources aren’t looking good. I checked out the links and all this information is correct except for Todd coming from Colony not Alta Loma.

    I notice you didn’t respond which lead me to believe you also realized that you blew it.

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