The angriest member of San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon's football roster last season was a wide receiver who was forced to watch from the sidelines.
Class of 2019 prospect Darren Jones Jones couldn’t use his 6-foot-8 frame or hands under the Friday night lights last fall, after his transfer from Upland (Calif.) was deemed an athletically-motivated transfer by the CIF Southern Section Committee.
Now that Jones is in the process of finally getting back on the field as well as the basketball court, he’s made it vocally clear: He’s taking it out on anyone who covers him.
“I was mad about not being out there – win, lose, whatever. Now I want to take it out on these defensive backs,” Jones told Scout. “I’m excited. I’m hungry because I’ve been out a whole year. It’s going to be a good year.”
Jones is already giving the Cowboys an early glimpse into his potential football stardom following a recent dominating performance at Passing Down’s Under the Lights regional, held on April 15. Jones out-jumped cornerbacks in the end zone and hauled down the crucial grabs in single and double coverage. His big plays culminated in him earning the regional’s Most Valuable Player honor, as he helped his club team Rhare Breed Congo win the event’s championship in the 25-team field.
“It feels great to get the MVP," Jones said. "I feel like I did my job on the field and worked so hard to win the game. It came to the person who went out there and put his heart on the field."
Jones, who holds one scholarship offer from UNLV for basketball, tells Scout that Washington and USC have sent him letters. He’s taken on a “no days off” mentality as he prepares to get back on the field and join his new teammates, including his Rhare Breed teammate Jayden Daniels.
“I'm taking this offseason hard this year. I’m very hungry to get back on the field and do what I do best,” Jones said. “We’re going to be passing a lot. There’s going to be a lot of yards coming.”