"I wanted to bring my dad so he could see what I saw the last time I visited," said Parks, who noted that he wants his father to feel the same way about Auburn that he does.
Ricky Parks Sr. is a Georgia fan, but said he liked what he saw on the visit with the prospect and his younger brother. "It was a good visit," Parks Sr. said. "I was particularly interested in the academic part of the visit because that is very important to us."
"Like I tell my son all of the time when you hit the field as an athlete you are going to do well, but I want you to focus on your classwork because that is important," Parks Sr. said. "That is what we talked about today."
The rising senior at Callaway High said he has a 3.2 grade point average and wants to study sports management in college. "I know wherever I go my dad is going to support me," the prospect said.
On the football field the Tigers are recruiting him as a tight end who can also play H-back and line up as a wildcat formation quarterback. He pointed out that he and Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn talked about that on Saturday and again on Monday with his dad and brother there.
"Coach Malzahn, we have a great relationship going right now," Parks said. "We watched a little film on the H-Back position and the wildcat.
"It was basically the same thing as last time," Parks added. "I just wanted to show my dad what we did."
Parks is shown in action as a quarterback for Callaway High.
On his visit to Auburn on Thursday, Parks ran into his former teammate Quan Bray, a 2011 Auburn signee out of Troup County High, who prior to his senior year played with Parks at Callaway High. Bray was taking care of paperwork as he prepares to move to Auburn to take summer semester classes. "We have been friends since seventh grade," the tight end points out.
Parks noted that Bray gave Auburn a thumbs up review." We are real good friends. I stopped by and talked to him. He told me a lot of good things that are useful and helpful to me. He said it is a great place. They have good coaches and they don't sugarcoat stuff. He said it was a great place to be."
On Saturday the tight end said that Auburn, Georgia and Alabama are all tied as his favorites and that has not changed. He said that he has heard rumors he is leaning to one college or another and even that he has privately committed. However, he said that he won't make a decision on his college until sometime prior to the start of his senior season.
He said that it is a plus for Auburn that it is the closest of his three finalists with the campus being less than an hour drive down I-85 from Hogansville. He said if he decided on Auburn there would be a comfort factor in being that close to his parents.
Asked if any of his three finalists had an edge, Parks said they are all even. "I have a great relationship with each of the schools I go to," he said. "They have a great atmosphere on gameday. I?just can't say enough about all three schools."
Parks said he plans to be back to Auburn at least one more time this month. He has been invited to attend AU's Big Cat Weekend during the Memorial Day holiday and said he plans to be there.
After wrapping up spring practice on Monday, the 6-3, 224-pounder said he isn't sure of his schedule but will be attending a variety of summer camps with his team.