"I'm still pretty open," Sparks said. "I just want to take my visits and see if I get any more offers. Colorado is recruiting me hard too and they might be close to offering me."
Sparks, ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 62 wide receiver, attended camps at California and USC, however the Trojans still haven't offered him. Although Sparks used to list USC as a slight, even a solid leader, he says they've dropped off the radar quite a bit. "I haven't really heard from them at all (since the camp)."
He says he'll probably take visits to Arizona, Oregon State and California, all of whom have offered. "Arizona runs a good spread offense, so I'd probably be able to get on the field early there," he said. "They are still young and improving and the coaches seem cool.
"Oregon State has good coaches too and they told me that I could play early," Sparks said. "They said I'd be a good fit for them as a slot receiver."
Although Sparks hasn't set up any official visits yet, he says he plans to attend the Cal/Tennessee game on Sept. 1 in Berkeley. "Cal is only about one and half hours away," he said. "I probably won't take an official visit there because they are so close, but I'll go to a few games. They should have a pretty good year. They've got DeSean Jackson and he's like the best receiver in the country."
Merced opens their season on Aug. 31 against Crenshaw High School from Los Angeles.
He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 1400 SAT (three parts).