Three-Star WR C.J. Parks Lands Offer From UCLA

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei wide out C.J Parks is one of the top athletes in the state but still flying below the radar on the recruiting front. That changed earlier today when Parks landed his first Pac-12 offer.

There haven't been too many receivers more impressive this off-season than C.J. Parks.

Parks has tremendous hands and body control and you can make an argument he is the best pure pass catcher in the region. He has filled out, grown and is now pushing 6-0 while also improving his speed and quickness. He has also shown he can play some defensive back and has looked good at corner, nickel and safety this spring. 

Parks has shown he can play with the pads on as well and had a solid junior season for the Monarchs last season. Despite all this, he has flown way below the radar and had yet to receiver a BCS offer. That changed earlier today.

"I landed an offer from UCLA," Parks said. "I was super excited and have a lot of interest in UCLA. Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin, DB coach) is like an uncle to me. He and my dad are real good friends and I've trained with him up until high school. After my pops, he's my second favorite dude so it meant a lot to talk to him and get that offer.

"Hopefully this will get the ball rolling for me but this is a big offer for sure. I don't want to rush anything but I'm going to be talking things over with my dad and making an early decision is for sure on my mind."

Parks has played mainly wide receiver but the offer from the Bruins was as an athlete. He has a corner skill set as well and could end up on either side of the ball.

"I like that athlete tag, I think I can play on both sides," Parks said. "I've always focused more on receiver but I'm definitely cool with a little D (defense). I'll be playing nickel at Mater Dei this year since we lost our whole secondary. We lost a chunk of our defense back there so I'm looking forward to that challenge back there."

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