Three-star safety K.J. Jarrell, like many recruits before him, has suggested he would like to follow in the footsteps of a former high school teammate by signing with the same college program.
Given Jarrell's longstanding relationship with former Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro star Byron Murphy, that would line him up with Washington, with whom Murphy signed last month. But the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Jarrell is weighing all scenarios and the latest example of that came Friday when he stopped by UCLA for an unofficial visit.
"It was a great visit," Jarrell told Bruin Report Online. "I was with all the coaches and had a great sit-down conversation with coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and coach (Jim) Mora.
"I really got a good chance to feel them out and understand what they want from me as a player if I were to go to UCLA. They’re very real and genuine people that I believe have all their players’ best interests in mind. The campus was very impressive and I felt comfortable. I can’t rank my top schools just yet because this was one of my first visits, but I was very impressed."
Jarrell also recently visited nearby Arizona State, which failed to land Murphy in the previous cycle and former five-star receiver Christian Kirk (Texas A&M) the year before that out of Saguaro. Still, the Sun Devils are making impressions on some of the top local talent.
"ASU was very impressive," Jarrell said. "Just how far they’ve come, where they’re going educationally and, with football, there are new equipment buildings and how much better their team is getting every year. They've been recruiting me pretty moderately. UCLA has to be the school trying the hardest right now."
Jarrell doesn't anticipate making an early decision and intends to hit the road some more this offseason. He was credited with 56 total tackles and an interception in 10 games last season in helping Saguaro capture a state championship.
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