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Parker Calls USC & Clemson Even

LB Justin Parker (6-3 230) of Beaufort is one of the standouts on the Sandlapper defense at the Shrine Bowl. USC and Clemson would love to have him as part of their linebacking corps next season. He has favored each one at different points of the recruiting season, but right now Parker says there's not a lot of difference between the two with him.

"If one thing had to seperate them it would have to be the education," Parker said after practice Tuesday. "My education comes first. South Carolina has a great business school and that's what I want to go to school for. So, that's one thing that would seperate them from Clemson."

Parker has taken his official visit to USC and will visit Clemson January 8th. "I want to see a little bit more of their facilities and how things go," said Parker. Both schools are trying to sell Parker on the idea that there's a place waiting for him in their defense. "If I go to South Carolina, they are going to play me where Eric Norwood played, and that's all around, move me around from here to here," he said. "Same thing with Clemson. They want to move me around and use my ability."

With the two schools so close in the competition for Parker, the question is, what will make the difference in the end? "Probably the coaches and the people I'm going to be around for the next three or four years," he said. "The atmosphere and I guess the whole community."

Parker also plans to visit LSU January 15th and Georgia Tech on the 30th. He plans to announce on signing day.