No. 22: Justin Parker

CUTigers.com is counting down the top 25 players on Clemson's roster. Up next is the final piece to the 2010 signing class.

22. LB Justin Parker, So.
As one of four true freshmen to play last season, Parker provided some much needed depth at linebacker.

THE RESUME: During his senior season at Beaufort High School, Parker was rated as the No. 13 middle linebacker in the country. He had 140 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks that season. He played in both the Shrine Bowl and the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

Clemson beat South Carolina and LSU on National Signing Day for Parker's signature, ending a hotly contested recruiting battle. Parker was a critical addition to the Tigers' 2010 signing class, which desperately needed to add numbers at the linebacker position.

He played in nine games as a freshman in 2010 and recorded nine tackles in 57 snaps. He played a season-high 18 snaps and had six tackles against Presbyterian.

MOVING FORWARD: Parker enters his sophomore season listed as the backup strong-side linebacker behind Quandon Christian. He spent time as a freshman working at the middle position, too, so he is capable of working at both positions.

Kevin Steele says that he plays the best 11 players and we believe Parker is among the team's best linebackers because of his size, speed and instincts. Steele will find a place for Parker to play, whether it's on the outside or in the middle.

The Clemson defense is classified as a 4-3 base but is actually a multiple system. There could be more 3-4 looks this fall with the Tigers' increase of young linebacker talent.


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