Ricky Parks Profile
The lumbering 6-foot-4 quarterback from Callaway High School (Hogansville) would break the huddle at practice for the inaugural Georgia Junior Bowl to cat calls from teammates.
"Newton. Cam Newton."
"I take that as a compliment, because I know he's a big time player," Parks told CUTigers on Thursday. "If I could be like Cam Newton, that's a good thing."
Scout.com lists the 2012 three-star prospect as a tight end. But he's splitting time between both quarterback and tight end in this year's game.
"I would prefer to play tight end [at the next level], but I like how they switch me in and out at both," Parks said.
This past season was the first year he'd ever played the position. He rushed for 750 yards and threw for another 1,050.
"Coach said I was going to play quarterback, and I didn't even know what I was going to be able to do," Parks said. "I got in there, and it just came natural to me."
Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida have all offered. The Gators offered as a quarterback, the rest as a tight end.
The Tigers' offer was under former offensive coordinator Billy Napier.
Parks is also hearing from Auburn, LSU, Oregon, Alabama and Nebraska.
"Those are probably the ones that are heavy, right now," he said.
Clemson and Alabama received visits last fall. Parks was in Tigertown for the first and last games of the season [North Texas and South Carolina]. He headed to Tuscaloosa for the Penn State and Florida games.
As a sophomore, he visited Clemson for the Florida State game. He's also attended the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.
"They're my highest," he said, when asked about his interest in Clemson. "That's the school I've got the most interest in, so far."
There are a few reasons why.
"I like their coaches. I like the atmosphere up there, and everything," Parks said.
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