Simms-Young’s transfer to Montgomery not illegal

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
The saga of Montgomery junior running back Jabari Simms-Young is unique, but there’s nothing illegal about it.
Simms-Young, who rushed for 132 yards on 17 carries in the Vikings’ 27-5 win against Ukiah last week, began his freshman year at Montgomery. He then received an intra-district transfer and attended Piner last year. He has since returned to Montgomery this season, a move which raised eyebrows and inspired whispers of illegal recruiting.
Montgomery is a longtime North Bay League power while Piner had a 12-38 record from 2004-08. Further fueling the rumor mill was the fact that Chris Meredith, Simms-Young’s coach at Piner last year, is now the quarterbacks coach at Montgomery.
I won’t get into the specifics of Simms-Young’s school hopping — he’s a high school kid, not a Division I athlete — but the point to be made here is that he wasn’t recruited to attend Montgomery and he didn’t go back to the school for football-related reasons.
Gil Lemmon, the North Coast Section’s commissioner of athletics, said a “thorough review” was made of Simms-Young’s transfer. The transfer was approved on Aug. 26.
Montgomery assistant principal Jan Smith Billing, a former NCS president, said Simms-Young lives in the Montgomery school district.