2017 Saguaro athlete offered by ASU

Saguaro standout K.J. Jarrell Jr is yet another in an increasingly long list of local 2017 players to claim an Arizona State offer.

A good way to measure the strength of a particular class in Arizona is by counting how many prospects have been offered by Arizona State By that measure the 2017 class could be one of the best in history.

As of Monday the Sun Devils have already offered seven in-state prospects in the class. It's the same number of prospects the program has extended offers to in the 2016 class.

Scottsdale Saguaro joined Chandler High with three players with ASU offers after safety K.J. Jarrell Jr. was offered by the Sun Devils Monday.

“Yes, ASU was out at spring ball today,” Jarrell said. “My coach told me after we were done that ASU offered me. It is pretty exciting because both of my parents went to ASU and they are the hometown team, so I am really excited about it.”

Jarrell said his father played for the 1985 team.

The Sun Devils are not the only program recruiting Jarrell.

“Last Thursday I was offered by UCLA and then two hours later by Washington,” Jarrell said. “It has been crazy [getting these offers], there is no better feeling than this.”

USC and Arizona have also shown interest according to Jarrell.

Like many past Saguaro recruits, Jarrell plays both ways but believes he is only being recruited as a safety.

“I am 6-foot-2 almost [6-foot-3] right now,” Jarrell said. “I weight about 185 pounds. I think when I am in college I will be around 220 pounds. Coaches like that I can cover and that I can come down and play in the box. I know this year I want to lead the state in interceptions. That is my goal.”

Jarrell said outside of camping at ASU and attending the program's UCLA game last fall he has not had very much personal interaction with the Sun Devil coaching staff.

“I plan on taking an unofficial to ASU,” Jarrell said. “I like where ASU is going right now. I like what they are doing. I have been keeping track of them.”

Saguaro head coach Jason Mohns gave Scout.com his thoughts on his talented safety.

"K.J. is a long, athletic safety that has great range and tremendous ball skills," said Mohns. "He's added about 20 pounds of muscle since the end of his sophomore season and will be a big time player for us this year as both a safety and a wide receiver."

Jarrell had 13 tackles and two interceptions for the state champions as a sophomore.


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