AU Football Commitment Hoping for More Action

An Auburn football recruiting report features an update on a prospect who plans to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers next year.

Jupiter, Fla.--Auburn's first commitment for the 2010 football signee class, field goal kicker Cody Parkey, was busy kicking on the summer camp circuit and it is a good thing he did.

At the halfway point of his senior season he hasn't seen much action as a field goal kicker for his Jupiter High School team, which is struggling at 1-4.

"I am kicking good," Parkey tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am 3-3 on field goals and I have been putting all of my kickoffs into the end zone. We are trying to get more opportunities to kick field goals, but we have to win games and I understand. At least I am 3-3."

Parkey, who notes that he has range well beyond 50 yards, hasn't gotten an opportunity to attempt any long field goals this year. So far his longest is a 37-yarder. However, is getting plenty of exercise on game nights. "I am punting a lot," he says.

Parkey attended the Louisiana Tech at Auburn game last month and watched on TV as Tigers won at Tennessee on Saturday night. "I thought that was an amazing game," he says of Auburn's latest victory. "No one thought they would be 5-0 this year and Wes Byrum is kicking really well. They are playing as a team and they are fun to watch."

Parkey is rated as the No. 2 kicking prospect in the country by Scout.com He won a national kicking competition at the Jamie Cole Camp over the summer in Wisconsin. "I did real well at the camp and I was 27-30 up there," he notes.

Auburn also has a verbal commitment from a prospect who won the punting competition at the same camp, six-foot-six, 230 Steven Clark from Kansas City, Mo. Hill chose the Tigers last week.

"He looks like a really good prospect," Parkey says. "He is a big kid so I think he is going to be a factor in the punting game."

In addition to his team practices this fall at Jupiter High, Parkey is also working out on his own preparing for college football, which doesn't allow kickers to use tees for field goals.

"During the season I am kicking off the block, but on Mondays and Tuesdays I practice kicking off the ground to get ready for college and that is going well," he says.

Parkey plans to return to the Auburn campus in November for an official visit to check out the Tigers' regular season finale vs. Alabama.


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories