Mizzou offers Total-Package Texas OT

There isn't a great deal of high school offensive linemen out there with the combination of aggressiveness and athleticism that Smithson Valley, Tex., junior Thomas Parsons possesses, so it's no wonder the Missouri football staff opted to tender Parsons a scholarship offer late last week.


Parsons, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle, holds offers from MU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Michigan State and Baylor. He received word of his offer from Mizzou Craig Kuligowski a few days ago, news he was excited to hear.

"I'm pretty interested. I haven't made a decision but I'm pretty interested," Parsons told InsideMizzou.com. "Right now I'm looking closest at Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Missouri."

Parsons has seen his recruitment take off recently after some strong combine performances. He has fantastic agility for his size, as evidenced by his 4.7-second 40-yard dash and 4.0-second pro shuttle time.

"The 4.7 is pretty close to defensive end or wide receiver time," he said, "and I think my shuttle time was two-tenths behind our running back."

But he's not only a good athlete. He's got the mindset down as well.

"He's one of those kids who has a true warrior, no quit attitude," said Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Powers, who scouted Parsons at the recent Scout.com combine in Texas. "And he was always first in line for everything."

Parsons said Kuligowski told him it was that approach that earned him the offer.

"He said they like my intensity and how I finish every block and get after it," he said. "I played defense for the first eight years of my career and I've been playing 11 years, so I like to bring that defensive type attitude to the offensive line, and they think that [will translate very well] to the next level," Parsons said.

Parsons is in good shape academically. He has a grandfather in Joplin and has listed to Kuligowski talk about how beautiful the state of Missouri is. He's not opposed to leaving the area for college.

"No, sir. I look at everybody the same. It depends on how bad it seems like they want me, how I would fit in and, of course, if I see the chance for significant playing time early on," he said.

He'll visit Texas A&M this weekend and could possibly schedule an MU visit sometime soon.

"I just have to sit down and talk to my parents about it, and of course the man upstairs," he said.

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