Huntsville, Ala.--A three-sport athlete who tries to stay in excellent physical condition by training year-around was a player who stood out on Saturday at Auburn's final football prospect camp in the month of June.
Michael Parker's pass catching skills, all-around athletic ability and mental toughness combined to land a scholarship offer from the Tigers on Saturday evening.
The six-foot-six, 230-pound tight end from Westminster Christian was personally offered by the head coach of the Tigers, Gus Malzahn, who also put the class of 2018 prospect through a rigorous workout.
“I am constantly doing stuff,” said Parker, to explain how he was able to go full speed throughout Auburn’s prospect camp on Saturday. “In football I am used to playing both ways on pretty much all downs.”
Although Parker has plenty of offers, the one from Auburn was different. “It was my first one from an SEC school,” he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “I am definitely excited.”
Asked what he is looking for in a college, the prospect said, “Definitely, school is very important. Also, how they use the tight end is important. How the coaches are with the players is important, too.”
Parker noted that he was happy with his camp performance that included a time of 4.60 in the 40-yard dash, a standing long jump of 10 feet, three inches and a vertical jump of 32 inches.
Asked about his favorites, the tight end said, “Auburn is definitely high up, I?really like Purdue and I still have to take visits to South Florida and Central Florida. I am really looking forward to touring them.”
He is also very interested in Alabama where his brothers Jacob, a tight end, and John, a wide receiver, are walk-ons for the Tide football team. Asked if that gives Alabama an advantage if it offers, he said, “Probably, but nobody is out of the picture. Whatever is the best fit for me is where I want to go.”
Parker also plays basketball in high school and competes in a variety of events in track and field, but notes the recruiting attention is all in football and almost every college recruiter is interested in him more as an offensive player than as a defensive end.
Commenting on Malzahn’s offer, the prospect said, “He thought I did a really good job of competing. He tried to tire me out and see what my personality was and see how I?would compete.”
Parker said he isn’t certain when he will be ready to make a college decision. “There is no rush. I am taking everything in.”