Perennial power DeSoto is back at it with a slew of FBS-caliber talent. The Eagles had several of their weapons on display Saturday at the Arlington Bowie 7-on-7 state qualifier tournament, where they fell just shy of a state berth in a 35-31 semifinal loss to Tyler (Texas) John Tyler.
Nevertheless, the day was productive as key players such as 2016 quarterback Tristen Wallace, 2015 receiver Kevin Thomas, 2015 receiver Akile Davis, and 2015 running back Jatory Sparks-Brown got a lot of reps to prepare for the Eagles' 2014 opener against another strong program, Arlington Martin, at the end of August.
We caught up with Sparks-Brown, who looked as impressive as ever at a bulky 5-foot-10, 220 pounds, to ask him about his recent commitment to San Diego State.
"I have a real good relationship with (assistant head coach/running backs) coach (Jeff) Horton and also a player from DeSoto is at San Diego State and I got a good relationship with him as well," Sparks-Brown said. "I feel real comfortable committed to San Diego State."
Sparks-Brown was referring to Sergio Phillips, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound freshman defensive tackle at San Diego State and a DeSoto alumnus.
But Sparks-Brown's pledge understandably did not stop other schools from pursuing him.
The same day (June 3) that Sparks-Brown committed to San Diego State, he picked up a Fresno State offer. The day after that, Sparks-Brown got his first P5-conference offer from Big Ten program Minnesota.
Sparks-Brown said he's solid in his commitment, but also left the door open on his options, which will probably grow as he approaches his senior year and gets into the fall.
"Yeah, I'm pretty solid as of now," Sparks-Brown said, "but like we say, you never know. It's a long way from February."
Sparks-Brown said he's heard from a few other schools, such as Texas A&M, which stopped by DeSoto during the spring evaluation period and saw him practice.
Sparks-Brown and Wallace, who already earned a four-star rating from Scout, should give DeSoto a fearsome backfield tandem this fall. While sharing the workload as a junior, Sparks-Brown ran for 679 yards and 13 touchdowns as DeSoto finished 14-1 with its second consecutive state semifinal appearance.
Check back with Scout to stay up to date on any developments with Sparks-Brown's recruitment.