Parker Happy With College Path

One of the first members of the Mississippi State 2016 class, Daruen Parker, is almost a forgotten man. Parker pledged his allegiance early on and remained loyal throughout the process. With signing day just over two weeks away, Parker does not have the stress and anxiety that some of his peers do

"I had a great visit," Dareun Parker said. "Everything was great. I loved the visit and my parents loved the visit. We loved everything about it."

Parker reports that he had the chance to spend some time with some of his future linemates during the weekend and that only made him more excited.

"I had seen everything before, so I sort of saw everything again," Parker said. "Deion Calhoun was my host and he showed me around. He talked with me about what's it like play up there and the things they do.

"Being around the players was a lot of fun. It's like one big family up there."

The three star offensive guard and his parents were able to spend time with Coach Dan Mullen before making the return trip to Southaven, Mississippi. Parker reports that the conversation was a pleasant one.

"Coach Mullen told me to keep working hard," Parker said, "He told me that he was excited about me getting up there in June. I am supposed enroll on June 3rd. He told me to keep working hard in everything I do and to never quit. 

"He said that he wants me to finish up strong and be ready to go when I get up there."

Parker started at left tackle in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game and was later named 1st Team All-State as an offensive lineman. Not a young man who craves the spotlight, Parker has taken all of his accomplishments in stride and remained the same humble person he was before the recruiting process even started.

"I didn't really expect all of this before the season," Parker said. "I just wish my team would have won some more games. I appreciate everything that has happened for me, but I just consider all of that a blessing and not really anything that I have done. God did all of this and he has really blessed me."

The DeSoto County Central star committed to Mississippi State within days of his offer from the Bulldogs. The only camps he attended were on campus at Mississippi State and the only official visit Parker plans to take is to Starkville.

"I am just getting ready for signing day now," Parker said. "I am still happy with my decision. I had a big weekend and had fun with all of the other guys. I am just ready to get up there this summer."

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