Tigers make a move with Parker

ROEBUCK, S.C. - Clemson and South Carolina are now even in the pursuit of the state's top linebacker in the 2010 class.

LB Justin Parker Profile

Beaufort HS prospect Justin Parker talked to CUTigers after Tuesday morning's Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas practice session with a little bit of a shake up among his top schools.

"They've both kind of evened out right now," he said of Clemson and South Carolina.

"It's going to come down to February 2nd."

Previously the Gamecocks had the slight edge for his services.

And it's not just Clemson and South Carolina in the mix either. LSU and Georgia Tech are also pushing hard to land the talented linebacker.

Parker is going to evaluate several factors when comparing the schools he's considering.

"As far as the players I'm going to be around for the next three or four years, and the coaches," he said. "I'm looking for a coaching staff that's going to be there. When I get there, it's not going to leave."

With plans to major in business, education is important too.

"I'm expecting us to win by two touchdowns. We're going to go out here, play hard and play for the kids," Parker told CUTigers.com Tuesday morning. (Hale McGranahan)
"Of course, education level will have a lot to do with it too--my major. Who has the best major of my choice," Parker said.

With the official visit to South Carolina already under his belt--the Florida game weekend--Parker has three more scheduled.

"I had a ball there, just a good time," he said.

He doubts that a fifth will be made.

"The weekend after my Georgia Tech visit is Signing Day, so I won't get to take the other one," he said.

Like several other prospects and commits for 2010, the second weekend in January will see Parker back on campus for an official visit.

The following week, he's "trying" to go to LSU. The last weekend of January, he'll be in Atlanta at Georgia Tech.

On day two of Shrine Bowl practice, he's enjoying the intensity and playing with the best players in the state.

"I like the guys I'm playing with. We're doing pretty good right now," Parker said.

He mentioned Clemson commit DeAndre Hopkins as one of the players he's been the most impressed by during the week.

"I'm expecting us to win by two touchdowns. We're going to go out here, play hard and play for the kids," he said.

In a couple of weeks, Parker will head to Myrtle Beach to play in the Offense-Defense All American Bowl, which is scheduled for Jan. 2.

He isn't sure of the exact numbers, but thinks he made 130 tackles, six sacks, seven tackles for loss and an interception.

Scout.com rates Parker as a three star middle linebacker prospect and is ranked the No. 11 player at that position in the class of 2010.

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