ITAT TV: AU Commit Ricky Parks In Action

Inside the Auburn Tigers went to see four-star Auburn commitment Ricky Parks in action. Parks and his younger brother Tez Parks put on a show. This report features interviews and videos of the dynamic duo.

Manchester, Ga.--Callaway, Ga., High School senior Ricky Parksand sophomore Tez Parks, are quite the versatile combination for the Cavaliers.

The older brother Ricky, checking in at 6-4, 235, is the starting quarterback and is the Scout.com. No. 2 tight end prospect in the country. The Auburn commitment also plays defensive end for Callaway. On Wednesday he accepted an invitation to play in the new Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl scheduled for January 3rd in Phoenix, Ariz.

Tez Parks, a sure-thing college prospect even though his signing day won't be until February of 2014, plays tailback, free safety, punt returner and is also the backup quarterback. Last Friday against Manchester, up 3-0 late in the second quarter, Ricky Parks went down with an injury. Tez got to show what he could do at QB and he led his team to a 17-6 victory.

"When I got my facemask pulled, somebody came and hit me on the side of the jaw and I couldn't remember stuff for a little bit," Ricky Parks says of his injury. "I was seeing stars and everything was ringing.

"He played good," Ricky adds of his brother. "For him to not rep a lot at practice during the week, he did well when he got in. He messed up on a couple of passes and he should have cut up on a couple of runs, but he did really well."

Ricky Parks was off to good start at quarterback completing 4-5 passes and going over 150 yards in total offense before his injury. "I felt like I played pretty good in the first half. I was throwing the ball well and I thought I played well when I was in."

"I was real proud of his effort," Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins says of Ricky. "He had an injury in the first half and his little brother Tez came in. I felt like he ran the team extremely well with a lot of weight on his shoulders. He did a heck of a job.

"Our defense played extremely well in the second half, and we were able to control the clock," Wiggins adds. "We were able to move the ball, but we had some opportunities that we didn't convert on. Those are things we have to do better at, but again, I'm real proud of our kids' effort.

"I think that Tez has great ability, he's a great kid and I do believe that he will be recruited extremely heavily," the head coach continues. "He makes plays on Friday nights whether it's on the offensive side of the ball or the defensive side of the ball."

Tez had a touchdown pass in the second quarter and a fumble recovery at free safety in the third quarter. He also had a remarkable pass similar to Cam Newton's highlight reel toss to Kodi Burns along the sideline at Kentucky in 2010.

It was a play that drew props from his older brother.

"That was an amazing throw and an amazing catch," Ricky says. "He scrambled and saw the open dude. I didn't know what he was fixing to do at first. Then he threw and he hit guy in stride."


Ricky Parks

Ricky, Tez, their parents and a handful of teammates made the trip to Auburn over the weekend. It was their second visit to Auburn for a game this season.

"I went to the Utah State game," Ricky says. "I didn't get a chance to go to the Mississippi State game because I was taking my ACT and it was my Dad's birthday.

"Me and Zeke Pike hang out a lot when we're on campus," he adds. "I know Jaquay Williams and Darrion Hutcherson. We're all trying to recruit Kwon Alexander, the linebacker. We're trying to get him. Ricardo Lewis from Florida, we talk a lot. When I'm in Auburn I hang out with all of the players on the team.

"I love everything about Auburn--the coaches, the fans, the atmosphere," Ricky continues. "There's nothing I can say that I don't like about Auburn."

While Parks is primarily the quarterback at Callaway, he says he'll have a chance for an expanded role at Auburn--something not uncommon for players in offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's offense.

"Coach Malzahn and Trooper Taylor recruited me," Parks explains. "Malzahn says I'll be split out running deep routes, running hitches and stuff. Wildcat-wise, he says that since I run the quarterback here that he'll let me run some Wildcat. I can throw and I can run, so he's going to let me run a little Wildcat. My blocking is good. I know I've got a little bit to work on because I haven't played tight end in two years. It's still good because I work on it in practice."

Coach Wiggins says that Parks bring more to the Callaway team that just playing quarterback and defensive end.

"He brings great leadership to the table and he works hard in practice," Wiggins notes. "He brings a great threat at quarterback to run the ball and throw the ball like tonight. He's also got great size at 6-4, 235 pounds. He just brings a lot to the table with leadership and skill."

Auburn improved to 3-1 with a 30-14 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday, but now gets into the meat of the schedule with a road trip to South Carolina coming up. Even though it could be a tough year for the Tigers following the 2010 National Championship season, Parks thinks that help is right on the way.

"They're struggling a little bit," Parks says, "but I feel like next year is going to be our year like they had last year. I feel like we're going to have the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation this year."

To watch highlights of Ricky Parks and Tez Parks versus Manchester, click the links below.

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