Country's No. 2 Ranked TE Chooses Auburn

Callaway High School standout Ricky Parks announced on Friday evening he will sign with the Auburn Tigers. This report includes game action video highlights of the rising senior.

Hogansville, Ga.--Rated as the nation's number two tight end prospect by, Callaway standout Ricky Parks made his decision on Friday as he chose the Auburn Tigers over Alabama and Georgia at a ceremony at his high school.

Holding at three favorites for months, Parks gave his commitment to Coach Gene Chizik and his staff adding to an already loaded class of verbal commitments for 2012.

One of the reasons why Auburn won out in the end for Parks was because of his comfort level with the coaching staff, and in particular offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. He said getting to spend time with the coach on visits and getting to know him better gave him a good feeling about the Tigers.

"I think I have developed a good relationship with him talking to him a lot," Parks said. "I have spent a lot of time with him when I've been to Auburn."

Ricky Parks

At 6-3 and around 230 pounds, Parks is a versatile player who could play a number of different roles in Auburn's offense. Playing quarterback for Callaway he threw for more than 1,000 yards while adding 800 more yards on the ground. As a sophomore he played tight end and some linebacker.

At Auburn, however, his role will likely be similar to that of Philip Lutzenkirchen, but he noted that the Tigers see him doing some additional things as well.

"They said they would use me kind of like a Cam (Cam Newton) guy in the wildcat," he said. "Also in the H-Back position like Philip Lutzenkirchen where I would go out on pass routes and sometimes run the ball on reverses and things like that."

Parks' commitment makes eight for the Tigers to go along with Zeke Pike, Darrion Hutcherson, Ricardo Louis, Shane Callahan, Darius Philon, Cassanova McKinzy and Josh Holsey.

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