St. Francis files complaint for alleged recruiting of football player

St. Francis athletic director Matt Luderer confirmed Friday that football coach Dean Herrington has sent an official complaint to the CIF Southern Section alleging a man attempted to steal his star junior lineman, Phillip Ocon, for Recruit Mission Hills Bishop Alemany.

A man who calls himself “Coach Troop” left his phone number with Albert Ocon, his father said. Ocon said Troop told him, “Casey Clausen would like to meet you.” Clausen is the head coach at Alemany. When the phone number was called again on Friday, the man identified himself as “Coach Troop”. He said he didn’t have time to talk and didn’t send a message back.

When asked if he knew “Coach Troop,” Clausen said no one worked for his football program by that name and he didn’t know the identity of “Coach Troop.”

Several highly regarded transfers signed up at Alemany this spring. The elder Ocon said “Coach Troop” told him, “You get 15 recruits.”

Ocon said this isn’t the first time someone claiming to represent a school has contacted his 6-foot-4, 310-pound son to get him to change schools via social media. Herrington sent screenshots from Ocon’s social media account to the Southern Section.

Using social media has become an easy way for people involved with high schools to contact athletes and gauge parental interest in switching schools. It is a violation of CIF Rule 510, Undue Influence, to seek out athletes who are already enrolled in schools, but this is more common as most parents are unwilling to go on record and file complaints with the Southern Section, fearing it might hurt her son’s college recruitment prospects.

“This is blatant recruitment,” Herrington said when asked why he made his complaint.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2023-02-03/st-francis-files-complaint-for-alleged-recruiting-of-football-player St. Francis files complaint for alleged recruiting of football player

Emma Bowman

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