Monday, March 25, 2013
2015 RB Sparks-Brown takes in Texas
By William Wilkerson
The Longhorns went ahead and offered one 2015 running back Saturday, but there was one in attendance for sophomore day who is hoping he’ll also eventually get one.
Rockwall, Texas, RB Chris Warren went home this past weekend with an offer from Texas.
Meanwhile, DeSoto, Texas, all-purpose back Jatory Sparks-Brown had already familiarized himself with the UT campus and the nuances of the program from a junior day he attended Feb. 23. But he got a lot out of his return trip to Austin -- namely more face time with running backs coach Larry Porter.
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“We have a good relationship already. I like him,” Sparks-Brown said. “I asked him what he looks for and he said he wants to get to know the player really well. Every player has a dynamic trait.”
He said his dynamic trait is his ability to do it all.
“I have the speed of a Dontre Wilson but I also have size,” said the 6-foot, 195-pound Sparks-Brown, comparing himself to the former DeSoto running back who committed to Ohio State. “I can get in between the tackles and get around the corner.”
Many of Sparks-Brown's moves come from his time with Wilson.
“I learned so much from Dontre. I am so glad I got to play with him,” he said. “It was a very good opportunity. I picked up a lot of his moves, his quickness.”
Sparks-Brown moved from Dallas Skyline to DeSoto last season and managed to become a key figure in the Eagles' offense. He rushed 55 times for 333 yards and three scores. He’ll be the main back with Wilson gone.
He knows more responsibility will fall on his shoulders because of that, but he’s ready. And if that means his play leads to a scholarship offer from the Longhorns, he’d be more than happy to give Texas a look.
“I know that if Texas was a school I could commit to I know that if I had an injury or whatever I would still be taken care of and have my scholarship,” he said. “I really like how they focus on the academics too because football isn’t going to last forever.”
In addition to Texas, Sparks-Brown said he is interested in hearing from Oklahoma and Alabama.