"I like the coaches [at those schools], I like the location, and I could really see myself at any of those schools."
Sparrow, a 6-foot, 190-pound athlete from Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch, has scheduled official visits to all three aforementioned schools: Virginia on October 11 (versus East Carolina), UNC on October 22 (vs. Boston College), and Virginia Tech on November 6 (versus Maryland).
Shortly after taking his three scheduled official visits, Sparrow, who doesn't believe he'll setup any additional official visits, will be looking to make a verbal commitment.
"I'm ready to have the process end," Sparrow said. "As soon as I take my visits, I'll be ready to make my decision."
Sparrow says he is looking for a school with good academics and a winning tradition in football. Location is also important, but his three favorites are the ideal proximity from his home.
UNC began recruiting Sparrow shortly following his junior football season, which he concluded with 20 receptions for 332 yards and six touchdowns.
"[The interest] has been steady throughout, but recently they've been talking to me and talking to me," Sparrow said.
To get a sneak peak at UNC, Sparrow unofficially visited Chapel Hill when the Tar Heels' hosted Virginia Tech a couple of weekends back.
"When I was there, I really started to like it," Sparrow said. "I could see myself there.
"I got to meet some of the players. They were real down to earth. They act kind of like me. That's why I felt really comfortable there."
The day following his UNC visit, Sparrow was informed during a phone conversation with Ken Browning – his primary recruiter at UNC – that the Tar Heels would be offering him.
Sparrow has been offered a scholarship by 12 schools including Boise State, Clemson, Kent State, Marshall, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Sparrow's versatility has caused a lack of consensus on where he best projects on the collegiate level. He is being recruited as a safety, receiver, cornerback, and athlete.
"Really, I don't care what position I play, as long as I get to college," Sparrow said. "It doesn't really matter to me. Any position that helps the team win is alright with me."
UNC is among the schools looking at Sparrow as a cornerback.
"[Browning] told me they need some corners," Sparrow said.
Sparrow starts both ways for Western Branch playing receiver and defensive back. On the year, he has caught 14 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns on offense, and two interceptions and 20 tackles on defense.
Additionally, Sparrow won a state title in the 500-meter dash and helped Western Branch win indoor and outdoor state championships.