Parker Discusses Iowa Visit

Jonathan Parker officially visited Iowa this weekend. The Class of 2013 running back talked about the trip and when a decision between the Hawkeyes and Tulsa would be made.

Jonathan Parker visited Tulsa last weekend and felt he found what he wanted in a college. He left Iowa Sunday believing the same thing.

Now he must choose.

"It kind of made me open up towards Iowa a little more because i was able to see myself fitting in more," Parker said of his official visit to Iowa this weekend.

Parker verbally committed to Tulsa in September. He talked about his recruiting situation in this story we filed on Friday.

Parker, from Christian Brothers College, was hosted by fellow St. Louis product Don Shumpert during his Iowa visit.

"I talked to him about the college life and how to adapt to it," Parker said. "I talked to the coaches about how they see me fitting into their program."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Parker carried 162 times for 1,111 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. He played a lot like New Jersey running back, Akrum Wadley, who committed to Iowa on Sunday. The Hawkeyes staff has focused on versatile athletes this recruiting season.

"The (Iowa) coaches told me they're looking for me to be the kind of running back who gets 10-15 carries a game and moves into the slot position as well as playing special teams," Parker said.

Parker said he really connected with the Iowa players and liked what he saw from Iowa City. He planned to talk over the decision with his mother and coaches the next few days and make an announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

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