Justin Parker's journey down to one pick

February 3, 2010 

Beaufort High linebacker Justin Parker has emerged as one of the nation’s top recruits. As Parker approaches his decision, the senior agreed to give readers a glimpse into the process with a diary every week, as told to Brandon Parker of the Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet.

The big day is finally here, and I'm excited about announcing my decision to everybody at 3 p.m. today. It has been a great journey for both me and my family, and I thank God every day for being able to be in this position. At this point, I really feel at peace with my decision.

Last week, I had my last round of in-home visits with my top schools. On Thursday, South Carolina coaches (Steve) Spurrier, (Shane) Beamer, (Ellis) Johnson and (Lorenzo) Ward came by for about an hour and a half, and it was a pretty good visit. Coach Spurrier was telling me how good I fit into the program and, if I went there, how great of a team they would have for the next four years.

They actually pulled out a handwritten list of 48 reasons why Justin Parker should come to South Carolina, so I was pretty impressed. There were things like having a chance to win an SEC championship, having a chance to be a freshman All-American, their focus on academics and graduation rates.

On Friday, LSU coach (Les) Miles was supposed to come, but they said that they wouldn't be able to make it out because of the weather. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis still called me like crazy during the weekend to stay in my ear and check up on me, though.

On Saturday, Clemson coaches (Dabo) Swinney, (Kevin) Steele and (Dan) Brooks came to the house for about three hours, and it was a good visit. I know the rumors are still going around that after signing day, coach Steele is going to leave, so they actually asked me if I do happen to go to Clemson, then how would that affect things? I said that it really wouldn't either way because you learn that coaches come and go, like we've seen a lot recently.

If I do go to Clemson, I'd love for coach Steele to be there, but you don't go to school for the coaches; you go there for the education and to play football.

Overall, it was a good weekend. I talked to (former Beaufort High teammate and current USC freshman) Jimmy Legree on Saturday and (USC wide receiver) Alshon Jeffery texted me the other day to see if I had made up my mind. I can see that all of those guys have a lot of interest in me, which I'm grateful for, but it can only come down to one school.

Like I've said a bunch of times before, there's not much else they can say, because now the decision is up to me - and after 3 p.m. - you'll find out what that decision is.

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