Name: Anwar Sparrow
Weight: 204 lbs
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
High School: Salem
2019 stats: Earned Virginia Beach District Defensive Player of the Year and Virginia High School League All-State second team honors during senior season. He recorded 103 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
2020 projections: Sparrow perhaps doesn’t have the height Babers is looking for in his new defensive philosophies. We’re looking at a very high probability of a redshirt year, barring any special teams appearances or snaps on defense while the coaching staff figures out who fits the best in the new 3-3-5 defensive scheme.
How’d he get here?: Sparrow was quite a late addition to the class of 2020, committing in late April of 2020. According to the Daily Orange’s Adam Hillman, he didn’t meet NCAA GPA eligibility requirements and was set to go to Georgia Military College. Only Appalachian State and Norfolk State sent out offers. He went on an official visit to Louisville as well.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars on 247sports, two stars on Rivals.
Money quote: While new cornerback coach Chip West led the initial recruitment, perhaps a conversation with new defensive coordinator Tony White pushed Sparrow to choose Orange
“[White] told me I was very explosive,” Sparrow said. “I can compete on the defense. He told me I make plays. He said some players cannot make certain plays, and I could make them. He told me I was a play maker.”
Twitter feed: @AnwarS12_
Tweets of wonder: If there’s something that Sparrow is lacking, it’s definitely not confidence.
Lol I’m not hating but we all know I was suppose to get 5A defensive player of the year ♂️ #Theysleeping— Anwar Sparrow (@AnwarS12_) December 17, 2019
Interesting nugget o’interest: Sparrow’s high school, Salem High School, produced former University of Virginia linebacker Dennis Haley. He would go on to play in the NFL with the New York Jets, the Baltimore Ravens, and the San Francisco 49ers.
Let’s get a look at ya: Nothing gets me ready for my day like some Hudl highlights with my bowl of morning cereal.