Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins High School inside receiver Herb Sparks is yet another North Texas prospect who is hearing from Texas Tech this offseason. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound receiver has blazing speed with a 10.8-second 100-yard dash and was quite productive for the Eagles last season.
Sparks, who led the team in catches last season with 27 for 365 and a pair of scores, is mainly being recruited by--surprise!--coach Emmett Jones. The two have developed a close bond and as a result, the Red Raiders are on top for Sparks.
"I have a high interest level in Texas Tech. I believe that if they were to give me a chance and offer me I believe that I could see myself playing there the next four years, at the collegiate level. At the slot position I feel like I can fit in perfectly with that offense."
Sparks is truly electric, running a 10.8 100-yard dash and helping Wilmer-Hutchins secure a championship at the Dallas Kimball Relays on March 11th. In addition, he is a versatile role-player on the football team - playing defensive back in addition to receiver.
"We run a four-receiver set, fast tempo, one running back, sometimes two. I play mostly the slot, really both positions, inside and outside."
He spoke more about his relationship with coach Jones.
"I'm close to coach Jones, I hear from [Tech] the most. And then I hear from coach Mathis from SMU and coach Flement from Texas State a lot. Coach Jones and I talk about football a lot, he's from the Dallas area and he knows a lot about the kids here since he coached at Skyline and South Oak Cliff and things like that. He put me in touch with coach Morris and I've been talking to him."
What is Sparks looking for in a school?
"Really a good education and a family-oriented team, where the coaches can be like my family when I'm not around my family. Being close to Dallas wouldn't hurt."
Texas Tech could extend an offer soon, the prospect revealed.
"Coach Morris told my cousin Jalen Reagor, the one that decommitted, that they would offer me but they want to see me in the spring and see how big I am at the Midland scrimmage, see how I look before they actually do it. They'll come watch me in the spring and then they'd do it."
Reagor and Sparks aren't actually related but are very close. Sparks provided some insight on Reagor's decision to decommit from Texas Tech.
"Me and Jalen, we're not really cousins, but we've known each other for a while, since like the first grade. We grew up together. We talk pretty much every day. He said that Tech is still in his top schools but he's just weighing out his options right about now."
Sparks doesn't know for sure if Reagor will recommit to Texas Tech, but knows if he gets an offer and commits to Texas Tech he will try to recruit him.
"I couldn't say. Hopefully I get an offer and commit, then I'll get him and it'll be a package deal. I think it'll work like that."
When asked what he thought about Texas Tech's offense, Sparks had little to say.
"They were the number two offense in the country. What more can I say?"
The Dallas prospect plans on taking two Tech-related unofficial visits this spring - once for the scrimmage in Midland next month, and again a couple weeks later for the Red and Black game.
Sparks holds offers from Texas State and Arkansas State. He reports interest from SMU, Nevada, TCU, Houston, and Texas Tech.