Sparks Is Ready To Run Wild

El Camino RB Kendell Sparks (5-8, 175) is one of the most dynamic dual-threats in the JUCO ranks this year and, after a solid freshman season, he's already drawing some early attention from four-year schools...

As a freshman last season, Sparks racked up over 700 yards and five touchdowns on the ground while also hauling in 24 receptions for 182 yards as a receiver out of the backfield.

"I've always been good as a receiver out of the backfield and I think the fact that I can do both (run and catch), it helps me be a weapon for the offense and I will do anything I can to help my team," Sparks told JCFootball.com. "I can run inside or outside. I have good vision and I do a lot of stuff inside, but I have the speed to get outside, so I feel comfortable doing either."

This offseason, Sparks has been hard at work, adding size and getting stronger.

"I've been lifting a lot and working out with my team and on my own," Sparks said. "I also want my routes to get crisper, so I've been out running pass routes and catching passes and that should help me be even more productive this season."

On the recruiting front, Sparks has yet to receive an offer, but he has talked to a few schools.

"Akron has been talking to me the most lately and last semester I heard from Temple and New Mexico State," Sparks said.

Sparks enjoyed a solid prep career at Carson (Ca.) High School, but he didn't get the offers he was looking for so he decided to head to El Camino to get himself noticed.

"I had some D-2 offers, but I didn't want to short-change myself and play at a level lower than I felt I could play at," Sparks admitted. "El Camino is a good school and they have a great program here. It was close to home and I've had a few family members come here and get moved on, so it just seemed like a good fit for me."

Sparks was a full-qualifier, so he can leave El Camino at any time, but currently, he plans to return for his sophomore season and then sign with a school in December with three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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