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West Region's No. 5-Rated Safety K.J. Jarrell Talks Cal, USC Visits, Interest in Colorado and Arizona State

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro four-star K.J. Jarrell, the No. 5-rated safety in the West region, recently visited Cal and USC, and is in the process of planning more stops...

K.J. Jarrell has yet to take any official visits but he's been plenty busy on the recruiting front as he aims to steer Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro to another state crown.

The four-star safety, rated No. 5 at his position in the West region, took an unofficial visit to California over the weekend to see the Golden Bears take on Washington. Despite the loss by Cal, Jarrell told Scout.com he thoroughly enjoyed his stay in Berkeley.

"Overall it was a great trip," Jarrell said. "I got a chance to really meet up with the coaches. I've been talking with coach (Greg) Burns for a while and I really like him as a coach. He was actually the coach of my current safeties coach, Max Tabach, at Arizona State. They teach the same, which is another thing I like. It was a good opportunity to spend time there and finally get to see the campus. It was cool to attend the game and take in that atmosphere.

"It was a beautiful campus and a nice little college town. I liked it."


The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Jarrell said he intends to officially visit Cal at some point in the coming months before National Signing Day.

Jarrell also visited USC last month to see the Trojans face off against Colorado and got a closer look at the program after having already visited campus before.

"It was another good trip with another set of good coaches," Jarrell said of USC. "It was a good chance to see them play. I really liked everything and the whole stadium. It was my first time being in there after hearing so much about it. It was cool and really fun to finally see a game in person. I'll get back there later on as well."

Jarrell has not locked in any dates for his visits, but he said hometown ASU and Colorado would also get spots on his itinerary. The Buffaloes, in fact, might even draw an unofficial visit soon depending on how his own schedule plays out. Assistant coach Gary Bernardi is expected to swing through Arizona this week to see Jarrell in action.

"I'm going to go to Colorado, hopefully soon," Jarrell said. "I haven't been able to spend time with that particular group of coaches, so I look forward to that. When we were out there [to play Valor Christian] earlier in the season, we saw the campus and I really liked it there.

"The team is doing well this year, which is another good thing. That definitely takes into place -- wherever you go, if they're good, they'll bring you up to their level and make you better. That definitely plays into it."

Jarrell, a U.S. Army All-American, said he plans to announce a college decision on National Signing Day in a ceremony at his school. Saguaro continues its playoff run Thursday night against Peoria.

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