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NoCal WR up to five offers

Wide receiver Jarrett Sparks (6-2, 200, 4.5) from Merced, Calif., is seeing his stock heat up this spring. He received his first offer from Cal back in early March since then he has added four more Pac 10 offers to get his total to five Pac 10 offers.
Besides Cal, Sparks has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State.
UCLA, USC and Fresno State have also been by the school and are expressing interest in the talented wide receiver.
"I don't really have a favorite of right now," Sparks said. "I will look to narrow my list down within a month or two.
"I'm looking for a school that will carry my major," Sparks said. "I'm thinking of majoring in Physical Therapy, but that's not certain yet. I would also like to attend a college where there is an opportunity for early playing time."
Though Sparks is very strong about not having a favorite college at this time, there is one school he grew up watching that could have the edge. He grew up watching USC and if the Trojans offered they would be tough to pass up.
When Sparks was asked about his goals for himself, he interestingly went straight to team goals before personal.
"As a team, I want to get back to the Section Championship game and hopefully win this time," Sparks said. "My personal goal would be to be named all-state wide receiver.
"I am working out everyday lifting weights and running routes."
In the weight room, Sparks benches to 255, squats 405, cleans 265 and has a 36-inch vertical jump.
Sparks has already attended the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles and he could end up going to more camps as well.
"I know for sure I'm going to Cal's camp," Sparks said. "I may attend camps at USC and Fresno State. I may also attend UCLA's one day camp.
There is no timetable for the decision and Sparks expects he will let the recruiting process play itself out until he is comfortable about a school to commit to and thus his openness about the colleges that are recruiting him.
In an earlier interview with Scheidt, he had the following to say about his talented wide receiver.
"Jarrett is a playmaker," Scheidt said. "When he has the ball in his hands, he's a threat to make a big play every time.
"Jarrett has great lower body leverage that allows him to have great balance," Scheidt said. "He also has outstanding body control and can go up in the air to get the football.
Sparks used his playmaking ability to haul in 42 receptions for 862 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 20.5 yards per catch. He is a tremendous all-around athlete who earned second-team all-district, second-team all-conference and second-team all-area as a wide receiver.
Sparks was also his League's Player of the Year for his skills as a basketball player after averaging over 25 points in league. He is seeing recruiting action for his basketball talents as well.
Sparks is already qualified with a 3.0 GPA and 1400 SAT.