"I just felt like this was the right time to do it," Parker said of his commitment. "My parents thing that this is a great opportunity for me and I do too. I talked with them about everything after we visited there this weekend.
"After we all talked, I spent some time praying about everything and I feel like God was pushing me to Mississippi State."
Coach Dan Mullen and his staff received the good word earlier this evening as Parker made the call to inform the Bulldog staff of his intentions.
"I am just really exited about this chance," Parker said. "I am relieved. This is a big weight off of my shoulders. I know where I am going to be and I am excited about being able to play in the SEC and stay close to home. All of this is a big blessing to me and my family."
Parker's commitment marks the third offensive line verbal for the 2016 Mississippi State signing class. With additional pledges from Tommy Champion and Dee Nalls, the Bulldogs are looking to spend several of their 2016 scholarship allotment in the trenches.
The Bulldog offensive front wall picked up an important piece on Monday with Parker's commitment.
The rising senior spent last fall playing left tackle, a position he expected to man this year as well. On the college level, Parker is expected to slide inside and handle one of the guard spots.
"I am glad to have this behind me and I am happy for my family," Parker said. "I think we're going to have another great class and I am excited about getting back up there and spending more time around the coaches and players. That was a big part of it for me. They all made me feel like I was at home.