DB Antonio Parks of Reserve, LA was offered by Clemson early Friday and, because Clemson has always been one of his favorite schools and he was thrilled over landing the offer, Parks tweeted that he had committed to the Tigers. And in his mind, he is, or he plans to be soon. Clemson’s recruiting policy is no commitment is official until the prospect visits campus or he is visited in person by his Clemson recruiter.
Parks and his parents will be at Clemson for the spring game April 12th and it’s then that he expects to make his pledge official. “I didn’t totally commit yet but they are my favorite and when I get up there I’ll make that commitment,” Parks said Friday evening soon after competing in a track meet. “Once I got that offer I got excited and said I was committing. Clemson, I’ve been watching since I was a freshman. My family watch them a lot. We watched them as a family beat LSU. They’ve got a great coaching staff. Coach Reed has been in touch with me for a month or two now. We’ve got a great relationship and I want to be under him. He wants me under him and he wants to coach me for four years and make me a better player. I can’t turn down a Clemson offer.”
Parks said Clemson likes him as a corner and also for their nickel packages. He listed Arizona State as #2 on his list with Minnesota #3 and added that the commitment won’t conclude his recruiting activities. “I’m still going to be open to see what other schools have to offer but I want to lock things up with Clemson. I want to lock things up with them.”
Parks said his teammate, DB Xavier Lewis, who also has a Clemson offer, will join him on the visit. The two have talked about going to the same school. “It’s very possible. Me, him and another guy named (WR) Nygel Anderson. He’s being highly recruited, also. All three of us want to go to the same school. They were real happy about my commit today. Clemson is going to be a possibility for him, too.” Anderson will not be visiting with his teammates for the spring game.
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Parks visited Clemson last year with another friend who was being recruited by Clemson. He said his mother really likes Clemson and his family has ties to South Carolina. “My ancestors, they love it,” he said. “Their Clemson fans, they just live down here in the South.”
Parks played corner and safety for his high school team as a junior and certainly doesn’t lack in the confidence needed to play those positions. “I’m not braggadocios but I’m bored during games,” he said with a laugh. “Nobody’s going to test me. They are not going to throw at me. I’m telling you, they just don’t test me. They tested me maybe three times during the year and that was the three picks that I had. I got bored at corner and I told my coach to move me to safety.”
Parks finished with 108 tackles and 3 forced fumbles. He was named all-district and all-state.