Pomona junior running back Donald Morris has left the team, according to a source who spoke to a family member of Morris.
The Red Devils had high expectations for Morris, who many thought would blossom into one of the top backs in the area. If Morris is gone, it would mark the second consecutive year that Pomona’s top running back left before the start of the season.
Standout running back Taj Teague left Pomona last year in August and transferred to Claremont where he suffered through an injury plagued senior season.
According to the source, numbers were scarily low when the Red Devils began fall practice. Some estimates ranged between 15-20 players on the varsity team. Those numbers have reportedly now gone up to about 35 players between the JV and varsity teams. The freshman level has about 25.
A call placed to Pomona coach Anthony Rice went straight to voicemail, which was full and unable to take messages.
Aram’s take: If the source is correct, this is a big blow to Pomona. From what I’ve heard, at least when it comes to Morris, all the chatter hasn’t been hype. He’s supposedly the real deal. If he has left, some people I’ve spoken expect him to wind up either in the Ontario area (Chaffey?) or Victorville.
Note: This is something I’ve started. It’s called Practice Ambush!!! where I randomly show up at a local practice with video camera and shoot raw footage the entire time. The kicker is the teams don’t know I’m coming. We’ll see who is a gracious host and who throws The Fat Man off the field. So stay tuned because your team might be next!
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