California has always been a place of interest for June Jones' coaching staffs and the Mustangs have their presence their again this season. Recruiting players like Conner Preston, Dontae Levingston, Todd Barr, Devon Moreland, Jeff Worthy, and Rahim Cassell.
One player the Mustangs offered a while ago from the west coast state is cornerback Michael Sparling. It has taken PonyStampede.com some time to reach the recruit, but on Tuesday night we were finally successful, getting the inside story on the junior.
"I loved SMU on my visit. I loved the area, the team, and the coaches," said Sparling. The defensive back visited spring football practices in April. "The coaching staff was amazing. I liked how they run the practices and how they interact with their players. They really reached out to me while I was there and made me feel comfortable. I could definitely see myself being a Mustang."
At 6'2, 170-pounds, Sparling runs a 4.5 forty. He recorded 45 tackles last season, with six interceptions as La Harbra's No. 1 cornerback. He will be camping at San Diego State this weekend, in hopes for his second official offer. Hawaii is also showing major interest, trying to get him to a camp this summer.
"To be honest, western United States would be really nice," said the 2011 prospect when asked about location. "The location is important to me. It also has to have a nice academic reputation along with the football reputation."