Parker at Iowa
Jonathan Parker arrived in Iowa City Friday night with an open mind. He wasn't sure for what he was looking but felt confident he'd know if he found it. The Class of 2013 running back from St. Louis traveled to Iowa for an official visit. Last weekend, he took an official trip to Tulsa, to whom he verbally committed in September. "It has me stressing a little, but it's kind of a fun process," said Parker, who still is a Tulsa verbal. "In the end, it comes down to how you feel." Coaches from Iowa and Tulsa visited Parker at his high school, Christian Brothers College, this week. The schools have been tugging him in different directions. "I'm looking for something different than Tulsa," Parker said of his Iowa visit. "I really can't tell you what that is, but I will get a feeling if there's something different. I would classify it as if it feels right, I will make the switch. By feel right, I mean that (the Hawkeyes) offer something that Tulsa doesn't have that will get me to change my mind." The schools are recruiting Parker (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) as a running back. The Hawkeyes tell him he could also see time as a slot receiver, he said. Scout.com ranks Parker as the No. 172 outside linebacker in the 2013 class. He plays that position in high school along with defensive back and running back. The service pegs him as a two-star recruit on its five-star scale. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently ranked Parker as the No. 17 player in its Super 30 for 2012. Iowa verbals Derrick Mitchell (5) and Andre Harris (12) also made the list. Parker held offers from Northern Illinois, Ball State and Miami-Ohio according to the Post-Dispatch. The paper showed him with 162 carries for 1,111 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Iowa jumped into Parker's recruitment in late November, he said. Hawkeye Assistant Eric Johnson led the way with him. "We have a good relationship," Parker said. "When he started recruiting me, he came in and told me the straight deal about the whole recruiting process. He was honest." Parker has kept the Tulsa coaches up to date on his dealings with Iowa throughout the process. "They know that I'm up here (at Iowa) this weekend taking a visit," Parker said. "But what I love about my coaches (at Tulsa) is that they have confidence in that school. They have confidence in me and they chose me. They believe I'll make the right decision." Parker said he will begin with a business major and try engineering if his first choice doesn't work out. "My plan is that when I leave (Iowa) on Sunday, I'm going home to watch the Super Bowl," Parker said. "After that, I have school the next day so I will do some homework. It will take me at least 24 hours to see how I really feel about everything. I'm hoping to have my final decision on Tuesday with signing day on Wednesday." Parker is surrounded by a good support system trying to ease his mind during a stressful time. "I have had some coaches that have been through this help me out," he said. "They say either way it goes, if you choose Iowa or you choose Tulsa, you can't loose. It's a win-win decision." You can view Parker's senior highlights here.