MISSION — Jacob Rosales is back.
The quarterback was among teammates at Sharyland Pioneer football practice for the first time Monday since withdrawing from school late in the spring.
“It’s a great feeling,” Rosales said Wednesday. “I’ve waited the entire summer just to start putting the pads back on. It feels like nothing ever happened. Everyone’s treating me the way they normally do.”
Rosales’ return to Pioneer ends a near three-month arc of activity for the senior and his family. He left Sharyland Pioneer in May and enrolled at Edinburg Vela before the end of the 2017-18 school year. Then, the District 31-6A executive committee in July and the UIL’s state executive committee last week denied his ability to participate in varsity athletics at Vela.
“This is the place where I grew up,” Rosales said. “Since I was 5 years old, this is where I’ve been. It’s somewhere that I’m comfortable being. I took it (the transfer denials) as a sign that I need to go back.”