Texarkana (Texas) Texas High defensive end Leonard Parks solidified himself as one of the standouts of this past weekend's ETSN.fm + APEC East Texas Combine in Tyler.
Parks measured 6-foot-4 1/2, 229 pounds, ran a sub-5.00 laser-timed 40, and benched 12 reps of 225 pounds. Parks has exploded physically this offseason, gaining about 30 pounds in the matter of a few months.
Parks said passing game coordinator Jim Hofher recruits him for the Cyclones, while quarterbacks coach Garrett Riley recruits him for KU. Assistant head coach Jeff Traylor, an East Texas coaching legend with three state crowns at alma mater Gilmer High School, recruits Parks for SMU.
"Coach Hofher likes the way I play," Parks said, "and he said the sky is the limit for me. We've been talking like every day.
"Kansas, they said they're looking at me real hard. We've got two commits from our school going there."
Parks said the schools recruiting him like him as a "hand-in-the-dirt" defensive end.
As a junior this past fall, Parks recorded an impressive stat line that included 66 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles, and seven quarterback hurries.
In the meantime, Parks said he continues to work on his game as he prepares for what should be a strong senior campaign.
"My speed and my bend," Parks pinpointed as areas to improve, while noting "my hands as a pass-rusher" as his best strength.
Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Parks' development and recruitment.