Gators, Tigers Battling for TE

Two major powers in the south have jumped in with an offer for this upstate tight end in the last two weeks. has all the details, including his current top school, in this report.

TE Desmond Parks Profile

Just a week after picking up a scholarship offer after an impressive camp performance in Clemson, Desmond Parks returned to Tigertown Friday for an unofficial visit.

"It was pretty cool," he told afterwards. "I had a lot of fun. I got to see a lot of things I hadn't seen before. I got to meet with the coaches."

Several Clemson coaches talked with the star tight end during the visit.

"I got to talk with coach Scott, coach Napier and coach Blackwell. They told me they would like to see me at Clemson. They said they wanted me to consider Clemson as one of my top schools," said Parks.

Last Friday the rising star also picked up an offer he was hoping to get.

"I called coach Morris around 4:30," Parks said. "He told me I had a scholarship to the University of Florida. I guess I must have impressed them enough for them to offer me a ship."

Parks attended camp at Florida just a few days after attending Tommy Bowden's camp in Clemson.

Not surprisingly, several other schools are now showing strong interest and could join in the offer parade.

"N.C. State is also interested. I am talking to Georgia, Auburn and a couple of other SEC schools," said Parks.

When asked about his current favorites, Parks responded, "I would probably say Clemson and Florida are my top two right now."

Is one team in particular on top?

"I would probably say Florida is on top right now. I just like the way they handle things. I like their academic reputation. I like the players, the staff and things like that," replied Parks.

What would it take for Clemson to pull ahead of the Gators?

"I guess to just impress me more than what Florida has so far," replied Parks. "I am not sure of a timeframe for a commitment or anything right now but I might make it before the actual season starts."

Last year as a junior Parks recorded 29 catches for 403 yards and five touchdowns. Top Stories