Jarrett Sparks, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound three-star wide receiver from Merced, Calif., has helped lead his team to a 3-0 start with 12 receptions for 284 yards and four touchdowns.
Sparks now says he favors California slightly over Oregon State, Arizona, USC and Arizona and all have offered except USC. "They said that if they offer, it'll be after the season," Sparks said. "I'm hearing from (tight end) coach Brennan Carroll and he's says they'll be following me this season. I like USC because they are a top five team and it's a great program every year."
Although Sparks hasn't set up any official visits yet, he says he's on the verge. "Hopefully by the end of the week I'll have a couple trips scheduled," he said.
He plans to attend the Cal/Arizona game on Sept. 22. "Cal is looking really good," he said. "They have been playing fast and I like their offense. They throw the ball a lot and run a lot of play action too. I think I'd fit in well at slot receiver."
Sparks says that the Bears are recruiting him the hardest. "They keep in touch with me the most and they've even been to see me play," he said. "They say that I'd be able to play early and say that it's a good situation for me because I'd also be close to home."
Another school that Sparks says is recruiting him hard is Arizona State. "I like the coaches," he said. "I talk with them a lot and they seem really cool and honest. I have a good relationship with them and they just told me they like me at slot as well."
Sparks admits that besides Cal, he hasn't really watched many other teams play. "The only Oregon State game that I saw was when they got killed (against Cincinnati on Sept. 13)," he said. "I can't really say much about them, but I like the coaches and I think I'd be able to play early there.
"I think I'd be able to play early at Arizona too," Sparks said. "They run a spread offense and it's a perfect place for a receiver.
"I haven't really been thinking about recruiting too much," he admitted. "I just want to see some early playing time and find a team with a good offense that fits me."
He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 1400 SAT (three parts).