Indiana One Of Two To Offer Parker

Indiana has already offered a scholarship to Warren Harding H.S. defender Marlin Parker, and they also already have an idea how they'd like to use him on the field.

The Indiana Hoosiers are continuing to build a defense around young, versatile talent and Warren Harding (Ohio) prospect Marlin Parker seems to fit the mold Terry Hoeppner and his staff are looking for.

"Indiana has talked to me about playing up and down like Terrell Suggs at Baltimore," said Parker, who runs a 4.65 40. "They think I can make a difference in the Big Ten that way, not really a defensive end, but someone who can slide there in packages. It makes you more versatile and keeps you on the field longer."

The 6-2, 225-pound Parker has two offers on his table already and could have more on the way. He is getting attention around the Big Ten for his resourceful style of play and is also getting attention from all over the nation.

"I still only have offers from Indiana and Boston College, but Cincinnati said they would be offering soon," said Parker. "I'm getting interest from Georgia Tech, Florida State, Syracuse, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Buffalo and a lot close smaller schools."

Parker comes from a Harding H.S. program that has turned out a long list of Division I talents, including former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett. Indiana has also offered a scholarship to Parker's teammate, running back Daniel Herron.

Parker is not worried about playing at home, but he is looking for a school to help him break into the field of pharmaceutical sales.

"I'm not worried about location," said Parker. "I'll play anywhere I can get a good education. I believe that you need skills outside of sports because you can't play football for your whole life. You need to be able to do something after football."

The Hoosiers may have offered Parker, but he was the one making the first move and now the Hoosiers want to get him to Bloomington as soon as they can.

"I sent Indiana game film so they haven't seen me in person yet, but I plan on going to visit them in two weekends," Parker said. "I'll be there for their spring football game. It'll give me a good chance to really see the team and I'm always excited to see some live football on the next level."

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