Four-Star Safety Down To Two

Four-star safety Steven Parker discusses his visit to Auburn and what has the Tigers in his final two schools.

Jenks, Okla.--A four-star safety and one of the top remaining uncommitted players at his position in the country, athletic 6-2, 190 safety Steven Parker took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend to check out Gus Malzahn and the Tigers. Thought to be a heavy lean to home-state Oklahoma, Parker said his eyes were opened wide by what he saw on the Plains.

"It was a great visit," Parker said. "It was definitely a visit I'm glad I took. It came a little late, the offer did, but these are some great coaches that's all I've got to say.

"Basically my expectations were just to come down," he added. "I thought it was just going to be another visit. It just ended up making my decision a whole lot harder than what it had to be."

Steven Parker

There is no question that Auburn has a huge need at the safety position with the losses of Ryan Smith and Ryan White from last season. Throw in the fact that Jermaine Whitehead will be a senior next year and you have precious little depth for the Tigers. Parker said that is something he will consider when making his decision, the chance at early playing time.

"It's going to factor in a little bit," Parker said. "They told me their depth and I'll do some homework so I can get a little bit closer."

Saying he's now down to just Oklahoma (Jan. 17 visit) and Auburn, Parker said he may announce his decision on Tuesday instead of waiting until signing day. Between now and then he's got some specific things in mind he will be thinking about when making the choice.

"Basically I'll be looking for just a great relationship with the coaches," Parker said. "This offer came late, but it's going to be really a trusting factor with these guys (Auburn). I feel like I can trust them."

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