Western Branch (Chesapeake, VA) cornerback/wide receiver Javanti Sparrow is in the midst of making some spring visits. This past Saturday, he made a trip to Charlottesville to visit the University of Virginia. He came away impressed by the experience, from which he left with an official scholarship offer.
“They are better than what I thought,” Sparrow said of UVa. “They were showing me a lot of interest when I got there. I talked to the head coach and he was showing me a lot of interest. He said they want me. I didn’t think they were that interested before. I saw some good stuff with their team and coaches. I’m really considering going there now.”
Was there anything in particular that impressed the 6-1, 185-pound junior?
“The best thing was the school in general,” Sparrow answered. “The academics and high rate of graduation are good.”
UVa is the latest program to extend an official scholarship offer, joining Clemson, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Auburn and North Carolina are among the other programs showing strong interest, and Sparrow plans to visit each of these two programs in the next month. He also hopes to attend Virginia Tech’s Spring Game on April 19th.
Sparrow, who hopes to make a college decision before the beginning of his senior season, is very interested in both in-state Division 1A programs but is interested in other schools as well.
“I’m still interested in Virginia Tech, but Virginia opened my eyes wider,” Sparrow said. “I also wouldn’t mind going out of state. I’m pretty open right now.”
As a junior last season, Sparrow earned second-team all-Southeastern district honors for his performance at defensive back. Most schools are recruiting him as a defensive back, but Virginia’s coaches have expressed interest in giving him a look on offense as well. Sparrow also played wide receiver last season.
“Before I went to Virginia, I thought they were just recruiting me for defense,” Sparrow said. “Now, they are saying they like me on both sides. They are the only school I’ve heard say offense.
“Position doesn’t even matter, though. I just want to play. I don’t care where.”
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