Terrence Jones, the Chargers’ seventh-round draft choice, has signed a four-year contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Jones, who played quarterback at Tulane, wanted to play the same position in the pros. The Chargers wanted him to play running back and wide receiver.
“I knew what I wanted to be,” Jones said. “And I just followed my heart.”
Terms of his Stampeders’ contract weren’t announced, but the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans said it was believed to be a $600,000 package with a guaranteed $30,000 signing bonus.
Jones is the highest National Football League draftee to sign with the CFL since Joe Theismann, a fourth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1971, went to Toronto.
The U.S. International baseball team has signed six more players for 1990, including five from the San Diego area.
Among the local recruits are pitchers Travis Arnold from Mira Mesa High School and Joe Carillo of Castle Park, first baseman Darrin Forster of Santana, shortstop Kyle Sebach of Santana and outfielder Sean Darrock of Mission Bay.
The sixth recruit is Michael Murphy, a catcher-outfielder from Diablo Valley Community College.
Darrock was the only county prep player to hit three home runs in one game this season.
Arnold put up some impressive numbers in leading Mira Mesa into the section playoffs, including 72 strikeouts and a 9-2 record.
Carillo, a pitcher, was also a threat with the bat. He hit six home runs and drove in 35 runs.
Forster is the nephew of former major leaguer Terry Forster.