Orlando-Based 2018 DE Connor Parks Teams up With Purdue

Purdue now owns a verbal commitment from Connor Parks, a rising senior defensive end who attends Orlando (Fla) Oak Ridge.

Connor Parks, a three-star defensive end out of the 2018 class, is off the recruiting market after dishing out his verbal commitment on Tuesday evening.

A product of Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Parks is now teamed up with coach Jeff Brohm and the Purdue Boilermakers after accumulating nearly a dozen scholarship offers since the end of the 2016 campaign.

Purdue was tagged as the clear front-runner back in late May, and then sealed the deal and welcomed Parks into the fold on Tuesday.

"I feel like it was best for me," Parks told Scout. "They have been riding with me from the time they (first) laid eyes on me. I feel like I will be an awesome edge rusher for Purdue, and be a big part of their rebuild to lead them back to the Rose bowl, and hopefully win a championship."


Parks, who piled up 81 tackles, 15 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries as a junior, is a good looking athlete that closes on the ball with impressive acceleration. He flashes that suddenness when battling it out in the trenches as well.

Parks can continue to work on driving through his opponent with force, but changes direction and operates well in space. He is also relentless when locking onto the ball carrier. Parks is athletic enough to scoot back to outside linebacker, but projects best with his hand in the dirt.

"Coming off the ball fast, and with a kill shot mindset is to be expected of me," Parks said. "Getting after the quarterback and making big plays is expected of me; getting my teammates involved and consistency is expected of me as well.

"For the Purdue fans, I just want to let you guys know that I'm ready to get back to the Rose Bowl and win a championship. Be ready."

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