Now with his academics on track and his SATs improved, schools are starting to show interest in the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder. In fact, a number of schools came to see him practice at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., and offers could be forthcoming.
"I'm hearing a lot from Penn State and Pittsburgh," Parks said. "Basically, they said they're just waiting for my grades right now. Once my grades clear, then I'm going to have those offers. "Syracuse, Connecticut, Purdue are others schools that I talk to the most."
However, there is one school recruiting Parks harder than the rest.
"Penn State seems like they're on me the hardest," Parks said. "They call (the school) all the time to make sure my grades are looking fine."
If the Nittany Lions were to offer, it would also push them to the front of the list.
"Penn State, that's my favorite school," Parks said. "I just loved Penn State. I grew up a Penn State fan. I was talking to one of the coaches and he was asking me how I felt about the new staff and the situation that happened there in the offseason. I don't care about that (in regards to picking a school)."
However, being a Penn State fan would not mean an immediate commitment if an offer is extended. Parks added he also likes Pittsburgh, UConn and Syracuse, and will learn more about Purdue if the Boilermakers become more serious in the recruitment process.
Parks is also fighting the notion of being a non-qualifier goes hand-in-hand with not enjoying school. He said the opposite is true for him.
"I love school," he said. "I'm trying to bring my grades up. Football is football to me. It doesn't change."
For now, though, Parks is focused on finishing the next month at Milford Academy.
"It's a grind every day," Parks said. "It's a farm, and I'm from the city, so it's an adjustment. I just have to stay patient and focus on football and school with no distractions."