NoCal WR Has the Pac-10's Attention

Merced, Calif. is not one what would call a recruiting hot bed. Yet when you have a solid junior season like Jarrett Sparks did, west coast schools will take notice. Thus, it's no coincidence that all of the WR's offers come from the Pac-10 and that suits his recruiting plans just fine.

ASU, represented by running backs coach Jamie Christensen, is one school that the 6-2 200 Jarrett Sparks claims is recruiting him pretty hard. "I have offers from Arizona State, Cal, Arizona, Oregon State and Washington State," he said. "I have family all over California, so as long as I can play in the Pac-10 I know they will all be able to see me play, so it doesn't matter to me how far from home I play as long as I stay in the Pac-10."

In his junior year Sparks finished with 42 receptions for 862 yards and eight touchdowns. The most remarkable stat of his are the 212 yards he collected in the section championship game. "My strong points are my physical play and work ethic," said Sparks who played as a tight end last season and will slide into the wide receiver role in 2007. "Speed and footwork are things that I need to work on." He added that he tries to model his game after Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver Chad Johnson.

Sparks noted that he would like to visit the Sun Devils unofficially during the summer or possibly officially in the fall, but has no specific date in mind. Oregon State and Arizona are other possible unofficial and/or official destinations. He does have plans to go to the team camps at Cal, USC, and Fresno State.

His timetable for a decision is open-ended, but he does have two clear factors in mind that will determine his college destination. "Wherever I feel comfortable, that's where I'll commit," Sparks stated. "I don't know if I'll do that before the season starts or after it ends. I'm looking for a place that I can play early and get a good education."

Speaking of education, the wide receiver carries a 3.0 GPA and a 1490 SAT score which combined qualify him academically.

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