P.J. Sparks Signs Letter of Intent with UND FootballP.J. Sparks of Glendale, AZ, has signed his letter of intent with UND. Sparks is the brother of a former American Idol and son of an NFL defensive back.
By: Pat Sweeney, WDAZ
Last week, UND's top running back Josh Murray was dismissed from the football team. However, on Tuesday, the Sioux got some better news regarding the running back position.
WDAZ Sports has learned that P.J. Sparks of Glendale, AZ, has signed his letter of intent with UND.
The 5'9", 180-pound running back rushed for 1,101 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for Mountain Ridge High School. Sparks also averaged 32 yards per kick return.
Scout.com gives Sparks a two-star rating.
Sparks also was recruited by South Dakota State.
Sparks has quite a family history. His sister is former "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and his father Phillippe was an NFL defensive back with the Giants and Cowboys.
Sparks' grandfather, Jim Wiedmann, played at UND from 1968 to 1970.
UND also on Tuesday announced the signing of Adedayo Idowu of East Ridge High School in Woodbury, MN. He's projected to play as a safety, although he also played quarterback in high school.
Defensively, Idowu had 46 tackles, five sacks and one interception.