Parkey Getting Kick Out of Summer

Four-star Auburn commitment Cody Parkey talks about his summer and several kicking competitions.

Jupiter, Fla.—Kicker Cody Parkey of Jupiter High School was the first commitment for Auburn's class of 2010 back in November of 2008. While most prospects are spending their summers traveling, taking unofficial visits and trying to make a decision about their college choice, Parkey has been able to focus on kicking.

"I've been practicing a lot locally and I did Jamie Kohl's competition with kohlskicking.com at Cardinal Gibbons, which is a local school around here," Parkey explains. "I've just been doing some competitions and I actually won the kickoff and field goal in that. I did really well there. I go to Los Angeles, Calif., for the Chris Sailer kicking top 12 camp on July 6th or 7th. After that I go to Wisconsin in late July for another Kohl's camp."

The only visit to a college campus Parkey has taken recently was to Auburn.

"It was during spring break, just me and my family," he says. "We met with Coach (Jay) Boulware and Coach (Gene) Chizik and everybody.

"I plan on making it back up to the Alabama-Auburn game," he adds.

Parkey is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and is the No. 2 kicker in the country in the rankings. He was also invited to play in the Under-Armour All-Star game following his senior season.

"It's an honor," Parkey says of being rated a four-star. "I trained hard to get where I am. I feel like I am one of the best in nation. I've got to keep working hard and keep getting better, and I'm satisfied with my ranking."

Despite being so highly rated, he says that most colleges have backed off on recruiting him.

"Not so much considering that I've been committed for a while," he says about other schools' pursuit. "I get letters just like everyone else, but pretty much they know I'm with Auburn and they're really not trying to go for me anymore.

"I don't have to stress my senior year," he adds. "I can just go out there and do what I do best and kick footballs and not have to worry about anything."

Parkey was 5-7 on field goals last season at Jupiter High and made all of his extra points. Both of his field goal misses were blocked.

This summer Parkey has worked on getting ready for the college standards for kicking.

"I'm kicking off the ground for field goals and on kickoffs I'm kicking with a one-inch (tee)," he explains. "I usually just train with kids down here, just local kickers. There aren't any coaches available down here, so when I go to competitions that's basically when I'm getting trained.

"I'm good from 55 (yards) and in," Parkey continues. "Whether the wind is going my way, that obviously adds yards. If I have the wind at my back then it's going to go farther, and if I don't it's obviously going to go a little shorter.

"(On kickoffs) my average with no wind is 70 to 75 yards. At the Kohl's camp I was hitting some 80-yard kickoffs with the wind at my back."

Parkey committed to the previous coaching staff at Auburn, and the interest was mutual with the new staff as well.

"They're outgoing, they're excited to have me just like the old coaches were and they're down to earth, fun guys," Parkey explains. "They're young guys and I think that sparks the team a little bit because they know how to recruit kids, and they know how you to get you sparked up and going. That's what I like about them. They're real big on family, and that's real big, too.

"I love the campus and my mom went there," he adds of Auburn. "I always had an interest in them. Once they started showing interested in me, I started looking at the campus and wondering, ‘Would I want to go here?' I looked at a bunch of schools, and I couldn't find a better school than Auburn that I liked. The fact that they're big on football made it that much better."

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