January is going to be a hectic month for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro safety K.J. Jarrell.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound four star has every weekend planned with trips to San Antonio, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. First up, is the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this week.
“It's been a great experience just being out here with all these athletes. Just getting better every day,” Jarrell said. “Everyone is out here making each other better.”
Jarrell has shown improvement day over day and made a couple of nice plays during the East vs. West one-on-one and seven-on-seven scrimmage period on Tuesday.
“I just want to prove that I'm one of the top athletes while I'm out here.”
While in San Antonio, Jarrell has been hanging out with some other Phoenix-area players. He watched Monday’s epic USC/Penn State Rose Bowl with roommate Odua Isibor and offensive lineman Austin Jackson. Jarrell didn’t get to watch the entire game, but saw the ebbs and flows of the game.
“I saw [the Trojans] were up then they went down. I saw them come back, so it was cool.”
Jarrell will get an up close look at USC next weekend when he travels to L.A. for an official visit. He has previously taken two unofficial visits to USC.
“I really like the game atmosphere when I was up there. The second unofficial I got to see the game and I really liked it. I liked the coaches. I got to hang out with the coaches.
“When I take my official, I just look forward to spending more time with the coaches, getting to know the players a little bit more too.”
The USC coaches have told Jarrell they see him playing either at safety or the nickel back position and he’s willing to play whichever gets him on the field quickest.
“It's always been a dream of mine to play there as a kid. The same with ASU too.”
Regardless of what school he ultimately picks, Jarrell is going to have to thicken up his wiry frame before breaking into a collegiate secondary rotation. He is hoping to add 20 to 25 pounds and play at around 215 pounds.
When it comes down to a final decision, Jarrell said he’ll go with what feels right.
“I know when it feels right, it’ll be right — just the coaches, the overall school in general.”
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