2018 DE Leonard Parks (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

Big 2018 Defensive End Leonard Parks Primed to Burst on Recruiting Scene

TYLER, Texas -- Multiple FBS schools have shown interest in Leonard Parks, a big East Texas defensive end who's primed for a run of offers.

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.

The long-armed defensive end should soon see a run offers. Schools such as Iowa StateKansas, and SMU have all shown interest in the past couple of weeks.


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."

Kansas signed 2017 receiver Quan Hampton from Texas High and also has a commitment from 2018 receiver Te'vailance Hunt.

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.

Parks plans to attend the June 5 satellite camp at ETBU in Marshall that features Texas and Texas State. He also hopes to visit Texas this summer.

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.

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