Cajon’s Darren Jones an imposing threat at wide receiver
SAN BERNARDINO — Cajon football coach Nick Rogers knows star junior wide receiver Darren Jones will have a difficult decision to make in terms of his athletic, and college future.
And selfishly, he’d like to see Jones pursue football over his other sport, basketball.
“He’s something really special in football,” Rogers said. “I’d like to see what he can do.”
That’s because you don’t often get to see someone of Jones’ size – 6-foot-9, 183 pounds – play wide receiver at any level.
Jones has been a big reason why Cajon (12-1) plays for the CIF-SS Division 4 title today at Downey. His statistics are as eye-popping as his physical stature is: he’s caught 80 passes for 1,799 yards and 26 touchdowns. Jones leads the state in receiving yards and ranks second in touchdowns.
“My goal this year was to catch every ball and demolish every corner,” Jones said. “No one can lock me down.”
Jones’ first athletic experience came in San Bernardino, and he quickly took to both football and basketball.
It was in football where he met several of his current Cajon teammates including junior quarterback Jayden Daniels, when they were teammates with the San Bernardino Pop Warner team, the Blackhawks. At age 7, Daniels was the quarterback. Jones was a 5-foot-7 running back. They didn’t lose.
Jones moved and attended junior high in Upland as well as his freshman year at Upland High School.