Western Branch Speedster Updates Recruitment

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Western Branch (Chesapeake, VA) cornerback/wide receiver recruit Javanti Sparrow has seen his recruitment pick up within the past month. The 6-1, 190-pound junior claims to have four official scholarship offers in the fold along with two verbal offers.

Maryland, N.C. State, Penn State and West Virginia are the official offers, while the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech have verbally offered according to the speedy athlete.

“There are a lot of schools I’m considering,” Sparrow said. “I don’t have any favorites right now. Basically, a big part of where I go will be up to my family. I’m real close to them. Location is really not a big factor, but I do just want my family to be able to see me play.”

The Chesapeake standout’s most recent college visit was to the University of Virginia for its February 24th junior day. But, at this point, if Sparrow chooses to stay in the Commonwealth to play college football, Virginia Tech would be the choice.

“I’m probably thinking about leaving the state, but Virginia Tech is on my list,” Sparrow said. “I’m not really showing as much interest in Virginia. The Virginia coaches have shown a lot of support and have helped me out with a lot of stuff, but right now if I stay in-state I’d say I’d end up going to Virginia Tech.”

Sparrow, who says former Virginia Tech star linebacker Vince Hall “comes to dinner at my house all the time,” has never visited Blacksburg but expects to visit there this spring or summer. He also has plans to visit West Virginia.

“I know a lot about the program,” Sparrow said, referring to Virginia Tech. “I haven’t been there, but I plan on being there soon. I know a lot of guys on the roster. They try to get me to go there.”

A standout in track as well, Sparrow has been hampered by injury this season. However, he did help the 4X200 relay team capture the Coach O High School Invitational title in January. In the same meet, he captured the 500 meters title.

Sparrow’s speed translates to the gridiron. He has run the 40 in 4.39 seconds, and it is this speed that is helping to draw Division 1A attention. As a junior last season, Sparrow played wide receiver and cornerback and could