ASU Prospect DE Ricky Parker

Defensive end is a dire area of need for the Sun Devils. Will one of the best defensive linemen in Orange County come to the rescue?

If the 6-4 255 defensive end commits to ASU, it will be hard to tell him apart from All-American Sun Devil defensive end Terrell Suggs. Not only do both share the same physical build, but have the gift of the jab. "I met Suggs and my host was Jason Shivers," says the Los Alomitos player "They were awesome. I didn't want to come back from this trip (smile)." The raves didn't stop there: "ASU is a great place to be. It's a brand new coaching staff, and I can be in their first recruiting class. I loved the big stadium, and everything they're building there. They have a great weight room. The campus is so beautiful. I just know I won't have any dull days there, there's so much to do. I had a fun time at the gathering at coach Koetter's house. They had great Mexican food there. The players treated me like part of the team. It was good to feel that way. They always made sure I had enough to eat. Man that food was good!"

Despite all the raves, parker insists that he will still visit Fresno St. and USC (his only two remaining visits) at a yet to be determined date, before he makes his decision. "All schools are even now," said parker "I don't know if ASU is the place for me, because I haven't seen the other schools." Parker said this decision would come later this month.

When I asked about his game, the defensive lineman said: "I run a 4.8, so I have great speed and explosiveness. I'm always trying to get into the offense's backfield. If you look at game film, teams run the ball away from me. But like everyone else, I need to work more on my technique, and get faster and stronger. I'm very hard on myself, and never give myself enough credit. But I should never be satisfied, and always strive to be better.

One area Parker should be satisfied is his academics, since he is fully qualified.

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