Is Parks still a Nole?

This past weekend current Florida State commitment Terrance Parks made an official visit to Auburn to check out the annual rivalry game against Alabama. After the visit reports stated that Parks had re-opened his recruitment a bit and that his once solid commitment to the Noles wasn't strong. NoleDigest caught up with the Georgia standout to see if that is the case and where FSU stands right now.

Over the summer the Creekside High star pulled the trigger on his commitment after the Bobby Bowden Football Camp. He had said that getting a chance to play for his childhood favorite was a dream, and the offer was allowing him to realize that. So, did his recent visit to Auburn change that? Parks said, "My recruiting visit to Auburn this weekend went good, man. They laid out the red carpet for me and showed me a good time. They took me out to dinner; I hung out with some players, and just hung out. It was an overall good time for me. The game atmosphere was good, and the fans support their team a lot."

From the looks of it, the visit went great, but the early reports that came out earlier this week seem a bit premature. Parks states, "The visit didn't really open up my eyes because I did the things I did over the summer and had the same experiences there. It was a good time and all, but I am going to Florida State. I committed to them and I am going to stay true to that."

Terrance explains some of the reasons why FSU is the best choice for him, saying, "I am going to be a Seminole because of a few reasons. I have always wanted to go there since I was in junior high school. They produce good athletes and they have good coaches. It is a good place to be and it is a great fit for me. I plan on taking my official in a few weeks."

There was talk early on that Terrance was going to be an early enrollee to FSU. He states that is still the case, and that everything is in order for him to realize this important goal. "I am still going to be an early enrollee. My mom sent out my application today. I've already passed all of my tests and I am good to go. For me this is important because it gives me a head start to my education as well as the football aspect. It will allow me to get the system down earlier and hopefully get some playing time next year. FSU is recruiting me as a cornerback, but you never know what'll happen when you get there. I want to stay at corner, but I want to help the team. If I had a preference right now I'd like to stay (at corner)," said Parks.

One knock on Terrance has been the knee injuries he has sustained in his high school career. He tells NoleDigest that his knee is full strength and that it is stronger than it was before his original injury. Parks explains, "I had surgery about a year ago. Everything has been going well and it is stronger than it was before. I have torn the same ACL in the same knee. The first surgery didn't go that well, but the second one was done by the guy who operates on the Atlanta Falcons. He did a marvelous job and I have had no pain with it or anything."

It seems that Terrance is geared up to realize his dream and become a Seminole. There were a few things that he wanted to get done before his senior season ended, and it looks like it has happened. "I wanted to get to 195-200 pounds before getting to FSU. Right now I am 6'2 ½" and weigh 195 pounds. I am happy with that because I feel that is going to be a good size for me playing corner at the next level. I want to get a little bigger, but I am happy where I am at. Also, I am playing in the ESPN All-American game. I want to show people that I am a good corner. I know a couple FSU commitments are playing in the game. I have talked to Nigel Bradham a few times. I am just ready to go to FSU and help the program and become a good asset to the team," said Parks.

With the commitment solid and early entrant stuff finished, Parks is just waiting until he officially becomes a Nole in January. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we catch up with Terrance after his official to FSU and his time in Orlando for the ESPN game later this year.





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