Saturday, March 16, 2013

Michigan Offers Steven Parker

Position: Safety
6'2"/185 lbs.
Location: Jenks High School - Jenks, OK
Class: 2014
Offers:  Alabama, Arizona State, Kansas State, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Utah, Washington State

Michigan extended an offer to big time safety prospect Steven Parker today and the defensive playmaker seemed pretty excited about it.  I actually talked to Steven for the first time back in July of 2012 and at that time he only had offers from in-state powers, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.  At that time he had not had any contact with the Wolverines whatsoever.  Even at that time he had decent knowledge about the Wolverines and told me he enjoyed watching them on TV.  Fast-forward 8 months and he has a Michigan offer.  We know the coaches have been targeting long, rangy secondary players and Parker fits that mold to a tee.  A lot of Parker's highlights involve him coming up to play run support.  That kind of physicality and aggressiveness is something the Michigan coaches have targeted as well.  Parker told me that Michigan has kept in touch here and there.  That doesn't sound like the coaches pursued him very aggressively, which is somewhat understandable with Parker being an Oklahoma kid.  Michigan hasn't recruited Oklahoma very much so I'd guess there aren't a lot of in-routes in place.  Regardless, the coaches saw enough on film to extend an offer.  When I originally talked to Parker he put Oklahoma at the top of his list but now that he has 14 other option, he is wide open.  He does not currently have a favorite and claims Michigan has as good a chance as any other school to earn his commitment.  He admitted to not knowing a ton about Michigan but he knows they are a great school and he plans to definitely arrange for a visit.  Competition for him will be stiff and Michigan has some ground to make up being his 15th offer.  I don't see Michigan as a very likely landing spot for him, but if the coaches can get him on campus that could change in a hurry.


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