Parker Talks Recruiting

There's a certain level of confidence that resides in the minds of big time football players. And in some cases, it's quite clear. Meet Preston Parker of Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic.

"We're just getting ready for the season," Parker said. "We've been practicing a lot. I've been doing my thing, just getting ready to show everyone what's up. I wanna show people who the real deal is."

Preston Parker wanted to prove some things at the University of Miami summer camp recently and he came away happy with his performance.

"I went out there to prove I was the best and I came home with the (offensive) MVP award," he said. "I liked getting balls from (Jarred Fayson). He was nice."

Two other players caught Parker's eye at the camp -- Tim Brown and Tervaris Johnson.

"(Brown) was real quick and explosive," he said. "They couldn't stop him. He was Roscoe Parrish like. Johnson looked good. He was alright but I think he should play linebacker. He had good speed, though."

The talented receiver, who also runs track, has been getting recruiting attention from coaches all over the country this year.

"I've gotten offers from Louisville, Pittsburgh, NC State, Auburn, Akron, Rutgers, Bowling Green, Alabama, Florida State, USF, and UCF," he said. "They're all coming at me. I'm looking at them all still. A lot of people figure I'm going to Miami because of the distance and everything but I'm keeping it open."

The Hurricanes are certainly near or at the top of Parker's list of favorites, however. He talked more about them.

"Great program," he said. "They produce. That's what I'm all about. They win and they send guys to the pros. I'll leave there bigger, faster, and quicker. They know a lot about what the players need to do."

Parker, 6-0 and 170 pounds, plans to take all of his official visits later in the year. He's coming off an impressive spring performance.

"I lit BA up," he said. "I had six catches for about 215 yards. I was just being me. It was fun."

Parker spoke about a rising senior offensive lineman named Orlando Franklin, who at 6-6 and 300 pounds, is getting a lot of major looks.

"He came last year but couldn't play," he said. "He came from Canada. This spring was his first time playing. He looks real good. He's real big and athletic. A lot of people are recruiting him."

Parker is excited about the upcoming season to prove something. He feels he's already a notch above the competition.

"I just love to compete and go out there and have fun," he said. "I'm all about making plays. That's what you get from me. I can't wait for the season to start."

Post-Spring Hot 100 rank: 46

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