Versatile Prospect Expects Busy Senior Season

A player capable of playing a number of different positions is getting some serious looks in the Peach State.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--Cord Parks is one of the more versatile college prospects in the Atlanta area for the 2005 football signee class.

The senior-to-be at Stone Mountain High School was one of the most impressive athletes at the MSL combine in Atlanta. Although he has been a running back since he started playing youth football, he has worked on both sides of the line of scrimmage and that should be the case again this year.

"As a senior I am going to stay in the backfield most of the year and also play at free safety," he says. "I think my best position will be running back."

As a junior, he played wide receiver and cornerback and he has also seen action at strong safety. With quick feet and a best time of 4.46 in the 40-yard dash, his college future might be in the secondary.

At the MSL combine, he measured five feet, 11 inches and weighed in at 165 pounds. Major goals for the rest of the spring and summer are to add muscle and get quicker. "I want to get a little bit bigger," he says. "My goal is to get up to 180 pounds by the start of the season and stick at that weight throughout the season.

"I am also trying to get my 40-time down," he adds. "I have been trying to make some progress on that and I am sure that I can get it down."

Cord Parks

He checked in at 172 pounds earlier in the year, but dropped some weight running the hurdles for the Stone Mountain High track team. This season he has best times for 14.7 in the 110-meter race and 38.14 in the 300, which is one of the more demanding events in track and field. "I like the hurdles and enjoy the challenge," Parks says.

Auburn has shown early interest in the Stone Mountain player. "I came down to one of the spring practices at Auburn this year," he notes. "I wanted to come to the spring game, but I had a track meet so I couldn't go to A-Day. I am looking forward to coming down next season to watch at couple of games."

If Parks has a favorite college, he is keeping it a secret. "Right now I am viewing the field so I don't have a lot to say about who is my favorite," he notes. "You can say I am open."

However, he does have some ideas about what he wants to study when he gets to college. "I am pretty sure I want to go in as an architectural engineer or an automotive engineer. I also want to minor in something that has to do with being a music technician or music engineering," he says.

Parks notes that he already has a qualifying SAT score and currently carries a 3.0 grade point average so he is in good shape in the classroom going into his senior season.

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