Desmond Parks is an All-American

The Florida Gators will have yet another All-American among the ranks in the class of 2009. Tight end Desmond Parks of Greer (SC) informed us that he has been selected for the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Parks is excited for that and for his future teammates as they prepare for the BCS National Championship Game.

At 6-5.5 and 224 pounds, Desmond Parks is a formidable receiver. He has great down field speed and quickness and a frame to get even bigger and learn to block. The Gators brought Parks into camp in the summer and he was offered shortly after. Evidently the officials for the All-Star game were impressed with Parks also.

"I made the Offense-Defense All-American Game," Parks told FightinGators.com this week. "It felt good that I made such a prestigious game. It's not too far, I kind of get a home field advantage in the game. I know a lot of family and my coach will come and watch me play

The game will be held on January 2 and just six days prior to the Florida Gators playing for the National Championship in South Florida. Parks has been keeping up with his future team every week.

"I have been watching them on TV," he said. "I love how they are utilizing the tight end, He had some great catches on Saturday and helped them get to the national championship. I hope that I will be able to fit into that system and do that next year."

Parks will enroll in school at Florida in January and arrive on campus on January 5. The Gators will be in south Florida preparing for the match up and Parks knows it will be fun times in Gainesville.

"It is very exciting," he said. "The week that I come in is the same week of the national championship game. Right off the back I am coming into a great atmosphere. I hope to come in and work hard and hopefully get a starting spot if not then a lot of playing time. I just want to get myself ready for next season. I want to get close to 230, but don't want to gain too much because I want them to put the weight on me."

Parks knows he is a good fit in Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer's system. It is a system that asks his players to put forth the most effort possible.

"I really love to work hard," he said. "It just makes me get better. Whatever they want me to do I want to do and help us get back to back championships if not close. I want to step into the program and be utilized as much as I can."

"(Gator fans) can look forward to a hard worker. I don't want to say that I will be greater than Aaron, but I want to be considered the hardest worker to come through Florida and want to be one of the best ever tight ends at Florida."

In the meantime he will be wearing his Orange and Blue and representing the Gators in a hostile environment up there in South Carolina. There was a lot of talking from some of the locals over the last couple of months, but lately Parks said that has died down.

"Just the past several weeks we had some Alabama fans and Georgia fans talking a lot of trash," Parks said. "But now we are in the national championship game, I just let the name speak for itself. Two National Championship games in three years, who else can say that?"

And Parks wants to make it many more.


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