Like so many other recruits, New Orleans East St. John 2015 cornerback Antonio Parks was looking for a coaching staff that valued his skills while at the same time being upfront with him.
It also does not that hurt that Arizona will give him the opportunity to contribute right away.
“I’m not going to lie, I want to play quickly,” Parks said. “When I was looking at places, I was looking at systems that would have open spots and a system I could see myself in. Arizona fit the bill for both of those deals.“
It was Parks’ performance in front of the UA coaches that sealed the deal.
“The coaches gave me a live offer, which is kind of a big deal,” Parks said. “I know they saw my tape and liked what they saw.
"They came out to my spring game and saw me in live action and I guess I made an imprint because I was offered shortly after and at that time they just said they would love for me to join the Arizona program.”
Parks will bring a specific set of skills to the Arizona program.
“I would say my main advantage I bring to the field is that I live and breathe football and I love picking up the little parts of the game," he said. "I love seeing what is going on in the defensive backfield while also seeing what wide receiver patterns are coming my way.
"Then once I have the play figured out, it’s time to react. Those are the more difficult parts. From there it is easy.
"I let my natural ability take over. I’m not scared of any situation and I feel I can impact any play.”