Louisville could add late JUCO signee

Louisville had a few scholarships left over after signing day for their 2009 recruiting class. Now, the Cardinals are trying to land Lary Parker and want a decision from the Grossmont (CA) C.C. defensive back soon. Scout.com has the scoop.

When last we spoke with Grossmont DB Larry Parker (6-0, 175) he was hearing tepid interest from a few schools, and was contemplating returning for his sophomore season. However, offers from two schools have piqued his interest and with one of those being from a Big East school he said he could decide later this month what he wants to do.

As a redshirt freshman in 2008, Parker played both corner and safety for the Griffins, posting 42 tackles, four interceptions and six passes defensed while also returning one punt for a touchdown and posted an average of 14.5 yards on 15 punt returns.

He's been waiting to see if he would have the chance to play ball at a D-1 school this fall and recently he found out that is very much a possibility.

"Louisville and San Diego State have both offered me so I can go play for either of them this fall," an excited Parker told JCFootball.com. "I really thought about committing to Louisville when they offered because they are in the Big East and they are a BCS school. That's the highest level I can play at, so it's pretty big."

Parker said the Cardinals' coaches have told him they want to know his decision by the end of the month so the talented DB prospect said he knows he's got a decision to make.

"Really it's about making sure the feel is right," Parker said. "They are a program I could go to and play early. Their coaches told me they need my talent in their program and I can come in and challenge for time right away.

"I just want to make sure I'm making the right decision, so I'm sort of just contemplating what I'm going to do, but they definitely have me very interested in them."

Parker has good range and speed, posting a 4.5 forty time and a 36-inch vertical, but he said his best asset is how he plays the ball in the air and how he reads a play.

"I can diagnose well," Parker said. "When I figure out where the ball is going, I can break on it quickly whether it's in front of me or whether I need to turn and run.

"I'm strong, but I want to get stronger and I feel like I can be physical with receivers at the line. I'm always looking to improve and that's my focus this offseason."

Should Parker decide to leave this summer, he would have three years to play three, however he said the option remains open to playing for Grossmont this fall and then signing in December, at which time he would have two years to play two once he leaves.

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