Talented Tight End Visits Auburn Coaches

With the temperature rising, bluechip tight end prospect Ricky Parks decided to "chill" with Auburn's football coaches.

Hogansville, Ga.--It was a little more than a month ago when Ricky Parks ended his recruitment and pledged to sign with the Auburn Tigers.

On Wednesday the talented prospect from Callaway High School spent a good part of the day on the Auburn campus to hang out with his future coaches.

"It was just a relaxing and cool day showing my teammates around," says Parks, who made the trip with four other members of his Callaway High team, including his brother Tez, who may develop into a wide receiver prospect for the 2014 signee class.

"I talked to all of the coaches," Parks says, noting that he spent a good bit of time with offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Gus Malzahn. "He was showing his high school stuff he used to do back at Shiloh (Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark.), his no-huddle stuff. It was pretty cool."

Auburn is recruiting Parks to play tight end, but the rising senior doesn't expect to play a single down at that position this coming season. Instead, he will play quarterback. "I am excited about that," he says. "Very excited."

He says there is a slight chance he will play some defense, too, but the 6-4, 235-pounder expects to be a full-time quarterback.

"I am working on passing routes and timing," he says, adding that he has also been working out in the weight room with his teammates to improve his strength.

On Monday he and other members of the Callaway High team will participate in a three-day camp being sponsored by Jacksonville State University. Previously the team competed in seven-on-seven events at the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama. At UGA his team reached the finals of the seven-on-seven tournament, Parks notes.

On June 10th the prospect, who is ranked as the No. 2 tight end for the 2012 signee class, announced at a press conference that he plans to sign with Auburn, choosing the Tigers over offers from a large group of high-profile programs.

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