One of the top running back prospects in the state of California has been declared ineligible for his entire senior season following a controversial decision by the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section.
Drake Beasley, a three-star prospect who spent his first three seasons as a star at Los Angeles Loyola, transferred to La Canada High School during the summer break. He anticipated he would be allowed to compete for La Canada this fall due to a change of residence, but an internal investigation by La Canada officials and subsequent Southern Section deliberations ruled Beasley as improperly motivated to move to La Canada solely for athletics.
The ruling officially detonates a dangerous attempt Beasley made to circumvent other CIF regulations. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, if Beasley had filed to be eligible under the Southern Section sitout rule he would be in the middle of an early season ban, but would be eligible to return Oct. 3. Now he has been declared ineligible for his entire season, barring overturn on appeal, which Beasley has announced he plans to pursue.
The season-long ban could have a significant impact on Beasley’s recruiting process as well. The back holds scholarship offers from the likes of UCLA, Cal, Arizona State, Colorado and Boise State among others. Still, those schools and others were surely intent on following his progress in his final senior campaign and could adjust how aggressively they pursue the teen now that he is officially ineligible.
In the meantime, Beasley continues to be frustrated by life on the sideline, even if he is taking the entire situation in stride.