Parsons visiting Boulder

Mitch Parsons recently returned from a trip to Nebraska where he visited the Cornhuskers and now he's heading to familiar territory in Boulder to spend a day with the Buffs. Find out what's new with the Chaparral tight end inside.

Mitch Parsons will be at the Coors Events Center this Sunday for a basketball game when Colorado hosts California, and he might be back next month for a game of his own.

Parsons, a 6-foot-4 bruiser, comes off the bench for the Chaparral basketball team, which recently earned a No. 1 seed in the state tournament. With any luck, Parsons and his teammates will play their way to the Final Four at the Coors Events Center next month.

Parsons will make an unofficial visit to CU to spend some time with CU football coaches, including a few hours at the Buffs' sold out regular season finale on the hardwood.

Parsons said he had a long conversation about life recently with CU head coach Jon Embree and he spoke with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy Tuesday night. Both coaches have told him they see him being a big part of the future of the program at tight end.

"I talked to coach Embree last weekend about life," Parsons said. "Just building a relationship I guess you could say.

"We just talked about basketball and how my recruiting stuff is going, the tight ends he has coached, my girlfriend because I told him I was going to bring her up. Just that kind of stuff. Just my life I guess you could say."

Colorado remains his only scholarship offer at this early juncture in the recruiting process for the 2013 cycle. While he hasn't received any new offers, Parsons said he has heard from some new schools that hadn't previously contacted him, including Arkansas, Duke, Yale and Princeton.

Parsons plans to visit Arizona State in March during his spring break while also visiting his grandparents. He said Chaparral quarterback Max Kuhns, his best friend, also will visit ASU at that time while traveling to the area with the Chaparral baseball team. Both players are talking with the Sun Devils new coaching staff.

Parsons visited Nebraska on Feb. 18 and did not come away with a scholarship offer from the Cornhuskers, but he said coaches there told him he is one of the top tight ends on their board.

Parsons said he was very impressed with the facilities at Nebraska, but he said he wouldn't base his decision on facilities at any school.

While he said Nebraska moved up his list because of his relationship with coaches there, he is not sure he can see himself living in Lincoln for four or five years. He said he plans to return for another visit in the summer to see how things are different at that time of year. Parsons said he certainly hasn't ruled out any schools at this point.

"I wasn't too impressed with Lincoln," Parsons said. "I mean, I guess when you compare it to Boulder, not many things compare, but the facilities were one-of-a-kind. I've never seen anything like them. So they had some goods and some bads."

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