Fla QB Officially Commits to Clemson

The 2008 recruiting class at Clemson University is already off to a fast start with the recent verbal commitment of one of the top quarterbacks in Florida. CUTigers.com has all the details in this recruiting update!

QB Kyle Parker Profile

What changed your mind over the last week to make you go ahead and commit to Clemson?
Parker: I talked to coach Swinney a good bit. I looked at a lot of other situations. I just came to find out that I couldn't find a better place. I couldn't find a better staff or a better place for me.

When did you tell the Clemson staff that you were committing to Clemson?
Parker: I called Swinney Thursday night and told him. Then I called coach Bowden and told him.

What was the coach's reaction when you told them?
Parker: He was excited. At first I told him and he said, ‘are you serious?' He went crazy.

Why did you decide that Clemson was where you wanted to go?
Parker: It was the right place for me. I looked around at other schools, but I knew Clemson was the best place for me. I really like the coach Bowden and coach Spence. I knew I wanted to be a Tiger.

How important was your relationship with coach Swinney in your decision?
Parker: It was real important. The good thing is my parents felt real good about him. The knew he was a good man and was the type of person they wanted me to be around for the next four of five years.

How did friends and family react when you announced your decision at church?
Parker: They were really excited. They were all proud of me. Everyone was real supportive. I just got up in the normal service. I went up and made an announcement and told everyone.

How does your father feel about your decision?
Parker: He is extremely excited. He thought it was the right decision. He is happy.

Why did you go ahead and commit at this time?
Parker: I just wanted to be able to enjoy my senior year. I didn't want to have to go visit and see who wants me here or there. I knew this is the best place for me. I wanted to be a Tiger.

What are your strengths at quarterback?
Parker: I would probably say my mobility. My ability to make plays when things break down.

How firm is your commitment to the Tigers?
Parker: It is 100%. I will not look anywhere else.

How does it feel to have your commitment made and your decision process behind you?
Parker: It feels great. I am glad I don't have to worry about anything else. I am so glad to be Tiger right now.

Have you had a chance to talk with the baseball staff at Clemson?
Parker: I did talk with them. They said that is something I can do if I want to.

Do you plan to also play baseball for the Tigers?
Parker: I am not sure yet. Most likely I will. I am going to pray about it.

Do you plan to camp at Clemson again this summer?
Parker: Yes I will be back this summer. Coach Swinney is going to let me know which session he would like me to come to so I can have the opportunity to play with some of the receivers Clemson is recruiting.

Do you plan to enroll early at Clemson or finish your senior year?
Parker: It is an option for me. I looked at my transcripts the other day. I could enroll early, but I am not sure right now.

How much have you and Willy kept in touch since you became friends at camp last summer?
Parker: I really haven't talked with him a whole lot. We talked at the games and stuff. I am looking forward to getting to know him better.

With the verbal commitment of Parker now in place, the Tigers have five public verbal commitments for the 2008 recruiting class. Clemson has also received pledges from DL Daquan Bowers, WR Marquan Jones, QB Jon Richt, and LS/TE Matt Skinner.

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