Elite Safety Down to Four

Michael Parker is one of the top players in the country. The big-time prospect has not been focused on recruiting, but that will change in the near future.

"Everything is going well," said Michael Parker. "I have been focusing on summer school and my workouts. As far as recruiting goes, everything is going smooth. We are buckling down as a family and seeing what options are best – for me and them."

Naturally, Parker had to adjust to all the attention that he has received throughout his recruitment.

"It was a little overwhelming at first, with all the media and pressure," he said. "It wasn't too much to handle, but it was definitely something new. Right now, I am used to it and I am settling in. It is a great thing to be one of the top players in the country. It is a blessing."

Although the Kettle Run High (Nokesville, Va.) standout has double-digit scholarship offers, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound playmaker has narrowed his list to four schools.

"Right now, it is definitely Miami No.1, West Virginia No.2, and Maryland No.3," said the four-star prospect. "Virginia Tech is probably the only other school that has a shot at getting back on my list of top schools."

So why are the Hurricanes on top for Parker?

"I have built a relationship with the Miami coaches and they are great people," he said. "I'm going to visit them the first week in August to see what it's like. It is going to be a big visit."

Could Parker commit while on his trip to Coral Gables?

"That could be a possibility, maybe," he said. "It all depends on how I feel and what my heart tells me. I have gone over all the stuff with my parents and brother, but we are going to take it slow. But if I feel like it is the right time to commit, then I am going to go ahead and pull the trigger.

Prior to visiting the Hurricanes, Parker plans to go to a one-day camp at West Virginia on July 29. If he does not make his decision by the end of the summer, he said he would like to wait until Signing Day. If that is the case, he will take four official visits -- Miami, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia Tech.

Parker bench presses 300 pounds, squats 400, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds. He is Scout's No. 16 safety nationally.

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