Sarver Down to Two; Decision Soon

As Signing Day nears, offensive lineman Evan Sarver of Basha High School in Chandler, AZ., has begun the process if narrowing down his choices. He's already notified two schools that he won't be accepting their offers, and has two remaining options, one of which he will choose very soon.

Talking to Evan Sarver gives one a strong indication that he's a quiet, laid back young man. However, football is a violent sport, and Sarver is one of the top players in the state of Arizona. It's obvious he prefers to do his talking on the field. The Basha High School offensive tackle is now in the process of making one of the most important decisions so far of his life, and he's paring down his choices.

Sarver had been sitting on offers from San Jose State, Air Force, and Northern Arizona until recently, when a pair of big names jumped into the picture.

"I picked up offers from Fresno State and Arizona State," Sarver told Inside Sparta. "I visited Fresno State last weekend. "I've already turned down Air Force and Arizona State. Neither school felt right for me, they just weren't my scene."

The big man has also visited Northern Arizona, but it appears he parred his choice down to two traditional rivals, and is close to making his decision.

"I have to list the pros and cons of San Jose State and Fresno State," he said. "I'm going to sleep on it tonight and probably decide tomorrow (Thursday)."

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Sarver expanded on his thoughts of each school and program.

"I like the area around Fresno State," he said. "I felt comfortable there, and the academics are good. I think I'd like it there.

"At San Jose State, the way the staff and players are with each other, it's like one big family and I really liked that," he added. "And the academics at San Jose are good too."

Sarver visited San Jose State back in December.

When Inside Sparta last spoke with Sarver he mentioned a desire to stay in the Southwest. Now it appears those boundaries have expanded.

"I still want to stay closer to home," he said. "But both of those schools fit that so either would be fine."

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