Jason Jewell

Saguaro star K.J. Jarrell spends Friday with Arizona State staff, recruits

One of Arizona's top 2017 prospects K.J. Jarrell visited Arizona State on Friday.

Four-star Scottsdale Saguaro High School safety K.J. Jarrell has three teammates and classmates who have already committed to Arizona State. 

Needless to say, they let him know on a regular basis they'd like to see him join them in Tempe for college. 

"I hear from them like every day man," Jarrell said. "I talk with them every day so I hear it every day. It's cool. It's a good experience and it's fun having them around me and talking with me about it because I know they want me to go there and think it's the best fit for me. So we'll see what happens."

The three Saguaro teammates, Jared PoplawskiKyle Soelle and Corey Stephens, told SunDevilSource.com in June when they committed that they felt Jarrell nearly jumped on board as well. Jarrell wouldn't go quite as far, but the thought did creep into his mind. 

"I wouldn't say I was close," he said. "I would just say that I took it into consideration."

On Friday, Jarrell was on ASU's campus along with other high profile recruits. His relationships with the program's staff continues to develop now that Jarrell's been on campus more often. 

"I got to hang out with the coaches a little bit, spend some time with them and talk a little bit about football and then spend some time talking with the in-state recruits and recruits who haven't committed yet," Jarrell said. "It was a good time, we mostly hung out.

"I talked with (secondary coach) T.J. Rushing a lot. I really like him as a person, which is the most important thing. I like him as a coach too. I'm about to go see practice to see more about that. Hopefully in the next few weeks." 

Rushing played defensive back at Stanford and in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. 

"He just said that I would fit in there as a player and athlete with me being versatile on the field at the position he wants me to play, like middle back safety or down in the box," Jarrell said. "He said it's a good situation for both of us."


At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Jarrell is well put together already and still growing into an impressive frame. He's got enough athletic ability to play multiple spots in the ASU scheme, which at times has three safeties on the field. 

"I've talked with coach (Todd) Graham a lot too," Jarrell said. "I've had sit down conversations with him and some of the same things about how I'd fit into the system. I like what he's had to say about that." 

The most recent in a long line of high profile recruits at powerhouse Saguaro, Jarrell follows in the recent footsteps of Byron Murphy, a freshman-to-be at Washington, and Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk

"It feels good being in this situation," Jarrell said. "I've definitely put in the work for it. Just going there my freshman year and seeing Christian (Kirk), through my sophomore year and then seeing Byron last year. I'm just ready for it and to prove myself."

"It's not hectic or anything, it's a blessing so that's the way I look at it. It's nothing I should be upset or annoyed about, it's something I want. Even if sometimes it could be annoying it's like a good thing to be annoyed about."

The No. 5 safety prospect in the West, Jarrell has scholarship offers from programs across the country. Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, TCU and Texas A&M all extended an offer, as did most of the programs in the Pac-12. 

There's a decent chance, though, it comes down to a Pac-12 battle for Jarrell. He has a current Top-5 he's keeping close to the vest and planning to release in the coming weeks. A couple national programs could also make the cut. A final decision likely won't come until after the high school season. 

"So far this summer I've been to ASU, USC, Arizona, and I plan on going to Washington and maybe a couple other schools possibly," Jarrell said. "I have to talk to my parents about official visit.

"If it's a perfect fit I know it'll feel right just with the coaches, the school, the players on the team and it'll feel like home, a place I want to be at and buy into. Just the atmosphere, the environment around me."

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