4-Star Prospect Likes AU's Family Feel

Jupiter High School's Cody Parkey discusses his official visit to Auburn.

Jupiter, Fla.--Auburn's first verbal commitment for the 2010 signee class said on Saturday that nothing has changed with his sentiments about being a Tiger.

Cody Parkey, the nation's number two ranked kicking prospect by Scout.com, noted that he liked his official visit to Auburn from Thursday to Saturday. He checked out the campus and watched the Tigers play their regular season finale against in-state rival Alabama on Friday.

"I have been to Auburn a couple of times previously so it was pretty much the same thing," 6-1, 185-pound kicker said. "I like how they treat everybody like family.

"The visit was awesome," added Parkey, who made the trip to Auburn with his family. "It was a lot of fun. The crowd was intense. We didn't like the outcome, but we still had a lot of fun."

Asked if he still feels strongly about his commitment to the Tigers, the high school senior said, "Yes, I feel real good about it."

The kicker, who is rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com, got a chance to talk with junior kicker Wes Byrum and enjoyed that. "It is going to be fun kicking with him," said Parkey, who noted that the coaches haven't told him that they have plans to redshirt him next season.

"They want me to compete right away," he said. "If I don't get the starting job, they want me to make whoever is front of me get better."

On his visit the Jupiter High School senior toured he school of business and other campus facilities. "I think that (business) is what I am going to major in," he said.

Parkey didn't get a lot of opportunities to kick field goals as a senior playing for a 2-8 team that struggled to score points. He was 9-12 on field goals with the longest a 43-yarder.

With kickoff specialist Morgan Hull struggling with that assignment this year, Parkey could push for that spot next season. "My kickoffs were pretty much all in the end zone this season," he said. "I tried to kick all of them out of the (back) of the end zone and I did a pretty good job with that."

Parkey is a candidate for the high school version of the Lou Groza Award. He will be in Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 8th for that ceremony.

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