One of the top prospects on hand at Nike's The Opening regional in Chicago was Kansas City area lineman Daniel Parker of Blue Springs He had a strong day in one on ones and showed off an improved level of quickness an explosion throughout the day in drills.
Parker was being recruited widely as an offensive tackle initially in his recruitment but he has re-shaped his body and he is certainly going to be a defensive end at the next level. He's lost nearly 30 pounds and has the body to be a supreme edge rusher, now.
"I definitely think I belong at defensive end," he said. "I weighed in at 246 pounds. I could see offensive tackle when I weighed 275 pounds but I've lost almost 30 pounds now. I think I was one of the best out there. I only lost one rep the whole day so I think I did good. I'm taking it as a W."
"Basketball season really helped me get all that weight off," Parker added. "It feels more natural now. My dad was never over 250 pounds. This is my natural weight and where I'm supposed to be. I felt out of shape and I was winded time to time. Basketball was a good thing for me."
It's been big for his recruitment, too, now that he looks so much better at 246 pounds and has tremendous athleticism and length to be quite a weapon off the edge. Iowa likes him at that spot and they just may be able to make him a Hawkeye.
"They're definitely in my top three," Parker stated about Iowa. "They most definitely are one of my favorites. There's another school or two jumping up there. Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Kentucky, Minnesota and Illinois are who I talk to the most and I forgot to mention that Kansas is up there as well."
Parker has no visits coming up as it all begins to slow down with track season beginning. The three-sport athlete holds the Hawkeyes in very high-esteem but isn't planning on making any quick decisions. His recruitment is one that he plans to prolong quite a bit more.
"I don't think I'm going to be making my decision until the end of football season," he pointed out. "I probably will cut down my list sometime this summer."