Jarrett Sparks, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound three-star wide receiver from Merced High School (Calif.) has scholarship offers from California, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State.
Sparks, ranked No. 54 in the West by Scout.com, said he favors USC solidly over Cal, Oregon State, Arizona and Arizona State. "USC has always been my favorite school," Sparks said. "They are always a top team. I went to one of their practices and I love how intense it was. They play hard and have great coaches.
"I like USC a lot, but even if they offered I think I would wait. I don't think I'd commit right away or anything," he said. "I like Cal a lot too."
He says the Bears are recruiting him the hardest and he plans on going to their camp on June 16. "They've been to my school several times and I talk with the coaches regularly," Sparks said. "They have a lot of receivers graduating and said there's a good chance I could see early playing time."
Sparks also plans on attending a camp at USC later this summer as well. He says he doesn't have a timetable for making a decision, but wants to take some official visits. "Whenever I feel comfortable, I'll commit," Sparks said. "I don't really know much about the other schools, like Oregon State, and I definitely plan to take an official visit there.
"I want to go where I can play early and get a good education," he said. "The distance or the environment doesn't really matter to me."
Sparks is also being recruited for basketball. He averages 25 points, six rebounds and two steals on the hardwood, but only plans on playing football in college.
He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 1400 (three-part) SAT.