Coach: Parker 'not looking around'

A published report surfaced Tuesday that four-star Louisville wide receiver commit DeVante Parker would take an official visit to UCF later this month. Ballard coach Mike Jackson addressed that report with InsideTheVille.com.

Conference USA champ UCF is trying to make recruiting inroads into the state of Kentucky.

George O'Leary's program will host KY Mr. Football Lamar Dawson and Seneca wide receiver Michael Fluellen Jan. 21 on official visits. UCF is also trying to convince former Louisville wide receiver commit Jerrell Moore and Kentucky defensive back/wide receiver commit Josh Forrest to visit that same weekend.

UCFSports.com, a Rivals affiliate that covers UCF athletics, also reported this week that four-star Louisville commit DeVante Parker is scheduled to make an official visit Jan. 21. Asked about that report Tuesday, Ballard coach Mike Jackson said he believes Parker is solidly committed to Louisville.

"DeVante is not looking around," Jackson said. "Everything that he has said to me, and his family has said to me is that he is Louisville-bound. He's never expressed once an interest to me in taking an official visit to another school."

Jackson said he expects Parker to sign a national letter of intent to play for Louisville next month. "I haven't heard anything to the contrary," Jackson said.

Jackson said he was surprised by the UCF rumors. "They have not been to the school and to my knowledge have not put an offer out," Jackson said. "Honestly, this is the first I've heard about UCF regarding DeVante."

Jackson said he couldn't see Parker missing Ballard's key sixth region basketball game against Jeffersontown on Jan. 21 to visit UCF, especially after Parker declined to seek spots in both premier high school football all-star games.

"I brought up the prospect of playing in the Army All-American Bowl and Under Armour game and it was a basketball conflict," Jackson said. "He's a committed kid and very loyal. Once he's committed to something I can't see him breaking off something that would affect his teammates."

Mike Hughes started InsideTheVille.com in 2002, when he joined the Scout.com Network. During the past nine years, InsideTheVille.com has earned a reputation as the unrivaled source for Louisville Cardinal fans, and is the most popular UofL fan website on the Internet.
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