Louisville lands big JUCO lineman

Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals picked up a talented - and big - JUCO offensive lineman over the weekend. Though Gerald Parker has given a verbal commitment to Louisville, the 6-7, 290-pound three-star prospect from Compton C.C., told InsideTheVille.com he's not quite ready to wrap up his recruiting process. InsideTheVille.com has more.

Gerald Parker, a three-star offensive lineman from Compton (CA) C.C., has verbally committed to Louisville.

"I committed to the University of Louisville," Parker told InsideTheVille.com. "I decided to go there because I really like (offensive line) coach Summers. I have really talked to him a lot and I based a lot of my decision on that. Their program is really up and coming, plus it'll be closer to home for me."

Parker, a 2005 grad of New Iberia (La.) High, left Louisiana for the west coast after being a non-qualifier out of high school. Parker's family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, but he was in California during the hurricane.

In addition to the Cardinals, Parker listed a long list of schools that were expressing heavy interest. "Nebraska, Boise State, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon, Southern Miss, UConn, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State."

Parker, who made an official visit with Iowa State in early October, says that he'll continue to take additional visits.

"I'm going to still look around and take some visits," said Parker, who is in the process of scheduling his official visit with U of L. "Nebraska and maybe Kansas State. Probably two others, but I don't know for sure. I dropped Iowa State on my list because their head coach resigned."

While he has yet to visit U of L, Parker said that he has been impressed by what he has seen of the Cardinal offense from watching games on television.

"I really like their scheme because they throw the ball a lot," said Parker. "My passion is for pass-blocking. I like to run block, but my passion is really pass-blocking."

Parker, projected as a weak-side tackle primarily because of his athleticism and 4.8 speed, chose Louisville over Nebraska, Iowa State and Kansas State.

Parker reports that he'll graduate in June and will report to U of L prior to the start of fall camp.

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