After one particular spring practice earlier this year, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro head coach Jason Mohns spent some time raving about his young junior-to-be safety K.J. Jarrell.
"He is going to blow up," Mohns said, and Mohns was right. Jarrell has received six Power Five scholarship offers in the past month, his most recent coming today from Wisconsin.
Jarrell (6-2 190) admits that his sophomore stats aren't the best (he made 13 tackles and 2 interceptions) but believes he has put in the work to warrant the recent recruiting attention.
"I am just humbled," Jarrell says. "I am really just worried about the season. I know what I am capable of doing. I am a quiet player that leads by example. I have put in the extra time and am going to be ready."
K.J. admits that the early scholarship offers have come as a bit of a surprise.
"I was shocked," he said. "Coach Mohns told me that he thought that I would get some offers this Spring but I just thought if I went and played well as a junior that I might get some offers."
Jarrell now has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Wisconsin, his three most recent coming from Wisconsin, Arizona and Washington. He talked with Scout about those three programs.
Wisconsin: "I was pretty shocked when they offered. I haven't really heard much from them. They came to school two weeks ago and then Coach Mohns called me in and said they just called him and said I have an offer from them. I haven't had a chance to speak to their coaches yet."
His teammate Kare Lyles is committed to the Badgers and Jarrell said he is recruiting his teammates.
"Kare is always talking about Wisconsin," he said. "He is all about them."
Arizona: "I actually thought they were going to be my first offer. They were out at our first day of Spring ball. I like UofA, I have been down to their camp and went to junior day with Byron Murphy."
Washington: "They came out to Spring ball twice, once at the beginning and again towards the end. Coach Paopao and Coach Lake were the ones at the school. They offered me right after UCLA did and they were my second offer."
As Jarrell admitted, he didn't expect the early offers, so he is still wide open in his recruitment.
"I am so young and all of this is so new, I just want to remain open and neutral," he said.
Jarrell, who describes himself as a ball hawk, says he has no firm summer plans other than a visit to UCLA.
"I know I want to go out there," he said. "I need to talk to my parents and figure out where else I will go."