Steve Robertson

DeSoto Central offensive lineman Dareun Parker talks about All-Star week and more.

One of the first in state prospects to commit to Dan Mullen and his staff at Mississippi State for the 2016 signing class was offensive lineman Dareun Parker. The talented Parker has not wavered in his commitment to the Bulldogs. This week the soft spoken big man is enjoying being a part of All-Star week as the top talents from Alabama and Mississippi square off this Saturday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

"I feel blessed to be able to play in this game," Parker said. "I am so happy that they chose me. I am really glad to be here."

Parker is one of several DeSoto County standouts selected to play for Team Mississippi. Teammate Alan Lamar, Olive Branch safety Sanchez Blake and Southaven products Daylon Fox and Cordell Birge are also taken part in the annual border war against Alabama.

Seeing some familiar faces has only added to the experience for Parker.

"It feels great to be teammates with all of them," Parker said. "I am happy to be on this team with all of these great players. I played against some of these players, so I know we have some good players."

Next month, Parker and many of his in state peers will officially visit Mississippi State before making their decisions binding on national signing day. The trip to Starville is the only visit Parker plans to take.

"I still feel great about my decision," Parker said. "Mississippi State is a wonderful place. They have great coaches, great facilities and everything. I just like it all."

In the two weeks since the final regular season game for Missisippi State, Bulldog offensive line coach John Hevesy has been to see Parker twice. The three star guard reports that those sit downs went well.

"We had some good talks," Parker said. "He is always talking to me about my grades and all of that. I am doing good with my grades and I will be at Mississippi State next year."

Before next year gets here, Parker has some pressing business to attend to this weekend as he tries to win a battle for state pride.

"I feel like we have a talented offensive line and we're all learning from each other," Parker said. "We're just trying to help each other get ready for the game on Saturday, so we can go get a win."

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