Jarrett Sparks, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound three-star wide receiver from Merced, Calif., has scheduled official visits to Oregon State (Nov. 10) and Arizona State (Oct. 13), and says that California still leads - and now by a larger margin.
The Bears lead solidly over Oregon State, Arizona State and Arizona. All of his favorites have offered. His only other offer is from Washington State. "I want to take my visits and see how I like all the coaches and see how soon I could get some playing time," Sparks said.
Not only is Cal his favorite, but the Bears are also recruiting him the hardest. "They are looking really good right now," he said. "They are ranked No. 2 and I just like how fast they play. They have a great offense.
"I talk with (wide receiver) coach Dan Ferrigno a lot and he's a great guy," he said. "He said that they'd use me as a slot receiver and I'd be catching passes up the middle."
Sparks, Scout.com's No. 74 wide receiver, attended the Cal/Arizona on Sept. 22. "I like the atmosphere there," he said. "The fans are crazy and it's just cool up there. It helps that they are doing well because it's pretty exciting around the campus."
While he hasn't set up all of his visits, Sparks says that his trip to Oregon State on Nov. 10 will most likely be his last. "I'd like to make my decision in late November or early December," he said. "I'm not sure if I'll take officials to Cal or Arizona.
"Arizona is struggling right now, but they love to throw the ball and can put up a lot of points."
Sparks has also developed a friendship with Beaver commit Ryan Katz (quarterback for Santa Monica High School in Calif.). "He says that we should play together and that he'd get me the ball," he said. "He's visiting them the same weekend I am, so that should be fun."
Although Sparks is visiting the Sun Devils on Oct. 13, he admits he doesn't know much about Arizona State. "They are having a great season, but I don't know too much about them yet," he said. "That's why I'm taking the visit. The coaches seem really nice and are recruiting me hard too. I like that they are down-to-earth and keep it real."
He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 1400 three-part SAT.