Western Branch (Chesapeake, VA) cornerback/wide receiver Javanti Sparrow has three definite Division 1A scholarship offers on the table according to Bruins head coach Scott Johnson. A handful of others have stopped by Western Branch this Evaluation Period, so the 6-1, 185-pound prospect could enjoy some more recruiting success in the near future.
“UVa has offered. Virginia Tech has offered. Marshall has offered,” Johnson said. “Those are all concrete. Several other colleges like him… like Penn State and North Carolina. He is starting to get real attention from a lot of schools.”
North Carolina and Penn State are already on the visit schedule this summer. As far as the in-state Division 1A programs are concerned, Sparrow has already taken an unofficial to Virginia and is considering a trip to Virginia Tech this late spring or summer.
“He went up [to UVa] in the spring – it wasn’t the Spring Game, but it was one of the last Saturday’s in spring – and I had been up before and spoken with Coach Price,” Johnson said. “Coach Price had indicated to me before that they really wanted to see him come up and talk to him. He indicated that they would probably offer him if things went well. He had some good things to say afterwards, and I think he fit what they were looking for.
“He couldn’t get to Virginia Tech because of a track meet, so he has not to my knowledge been to Virginia Tech. That is a school that, if we have the opportunity, he would like to try to get to.”
According to Johnson, Sparrow is in no rush to make a college decision.
“I think he’ll wait a while because I don’t think he has had an opportunity to see a lot of places yet,” Johnson said. “We want to give him every opportunity to see places before he makes his choice.”
As a junior this past season, Sparrow, a good athlete with sub-4.5 speed in the 40, played cornerback and wide receiver for the Bruins. Coach Johnson likes Sparrow’s potential as a college cornerback, but he could see the gifted athlete on either side of the ball in college.
“I think he is a pretty good defensive back,” Johnson said. “I like him there, but then again I think he could play either. It is just a matter of what a college needs. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went somewhere to play defense and then was moved to offense.”
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