Parks feels he can contribute

Antonio Parks is committed to Arizona and believes he can contribute early. Read on to see why that is and more.

Recruiting is at a standstill for Reserve (La.) East St. John 2015 defensive back Antonio Parks and he does not mind it, considering he is currently an Arizona commit.

Parks recently enjoyed his in-home visit with the Arizona coaching staff.

“The coaches were just here at my place and they are excited for me to get there and start making plays,” Parks said. “They can see me lining up all over in the secondary and they think that I’m ready to play very early on.

"That is the kind of stuff I like to hear because nothing is going to intimidate me.”

The defensive scheme and possibility of early playing time were two of the factors that sold Parks on becoming a Wildcat.

“What defensive back wouldn’t want to play in a 3-3-5 defense?" Parks said. "The defense needs its corners and safeties to make plays. To play in that defense you have to be physical and be able to run. I can do both.

“Being able to play early is a big part of it as well. The coaches have brought up that they are graduating a few guys in the secondary. Guys that played a lot. And they need guys to step in. I’m ready for that.”

Playing against some of the better high school players in the country gives Parks the confidence that he can compete early.

“I grew up playing with and against some of the best high school players in the country," he said. "A few of them are coming to Arizona, too.

"We all push each other and it’s made me a better player. I’m still working hard, but I feel I can make a big contribution wherever I play.”

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