Tennessee Kicker Lands Early Wolfpack Offer

Memphis (TN) Briarcrest Christian High School features several high-major college football prospects, including a talented kicker who already has landed a few scholarship offers.

Kicker Justin Sparks is not the only standout for Briarcrest Christian, a team that include college prospects such as OL Michael Oher, OL Jeremy Walley, and S Ewan McCauley. With that being said, the specialist has garnered nearly just as much attention because of his recent success.

"LSU, South Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Mississippi, and N.C. State are some of the schools who have been recruiting me," Sparks told StateFans. "N.C. State and Ole Miss definitely stand out because they have already offered."

"I talked with Coach Cutcliffe for Ole Miss and they sent me the scholarship and N.C. State did the same thing after I spoke with Coach Amato. In fact [NC State] was the first to offer me a scholarship."

Justin had a strong junior season for the private school located in Memphis, Tenn., finishing 5-7 on field goals and a perfect 35-35 on extra point attempts. Accuracy is definitely his forte according to Briarcrest Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze.

"He's a very accurate kicker and just doesn't miss from 45 yards and in," Coach Freeze said. "His leg strength is not super, but he gets tremendous height on the ball very quickly. His accuracy is just tremendous and that's what the colleges love about him."

Sparks has attended one camp this year, and he was happy with how he performed at the prestigious camp.

"I went to the Chris Taylor Kicking Competition down in Miami. I finished fourth in the competition out of about seventy kickers. The guys down there said most of the country's best kickers were there so I was happy with how I did."

This past spring Justin has taken unofficial visits to N.C. State, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma State for their Junior Days. What did he think of his first trip to Raleigh, North Carolina?

"I really liked it. The facilities at N.C. State are tops in the nation, and that new football building is incredible. I like all the coaches and everything I saw."

Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone is recruiting the Memphis area for N.C. State, and his hard work has put the Wolfpack in great shape for Sparks and a couple of his teammates.

"N.C. State seemed really interested in me and were sending letters so I decided to go check them out on that Junior Day. Things went great when I was there so of course they are one of my top schools."

With that being said, don't expect Justin to end his recruitment early because he's looking forward to see what other schools will join the mix.

"There's not really any hurry... I'm just happy with how things are going right now."

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