Parker looking forward to Friday

This may be one of the longest weeks of Justin Parker's young life. This Friday, Parker will take the field for the first time this season in his senior campaign. More than just a playmaker, Parker wants to be creator or a provider for the other players around him this year. He won't be getting a lot of sleep this week thinking about this game and the rest of the season.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers got a phone call a couple of weeks ago from Justin Parker. The 6-foot-2.5 and nearly 230-pound linebacker from Beaufort (S.C.) called Nebraska again tonight to talk about their offer.

"I just got off the phone with Coach Mike Ekeler, " Parker said. "We spoke for about 20 minutes or so. The talk went well, it went really well. We just talked about everything.

"He asked when school started. I told him that our first game is this Friday night. I am just so jacked up to play again. I am so ready. I am ready."

One of the popular topics in the conversation between Parker and Nebraska this evening was his official visits. Parker doesn't know when he will be able to trip out to Nebraska, but he knows that he will.

"Coach Ekeler wanted to know when or if I was coming up for a visit. My visit to Nebraska is going to be later. I haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about it with my brother.

"He'll be the one that will travel with me. He's in the military and isn't deployed anywhere and he's excited about this trip. He was especially excited when I got the offer in the mail.

"We just need to get a chance to sit down and talk it over about when we are coming. The one thing that I do know is that we are coming out to Nebraska for a visit; we just don't know the date."

Parker also had a chance to talk about where Nebraska sees him fitting in. While Nebraska wants Parker at one of the linebacker spots, Parker also said that he is open to any of the spots.

"We talked about Nebraska recruiting me to play MIKE linebacker. That is fine. I have no problems wherever anyone wants me to play. I am open to playing any of the linebacker positions."

There is no doubt that Parker is fired up about the Nebraska offer. But, don't think that he will commit without seeing Lincoln for himself. He knows what it's going to take to make an educated decision and part of that includes an official visit.

"I think that a lot of people commit to a school without seeing other places. I think that a wise man makes his decision when he has all of the facts.

"You can hear all of the things that they will tell you about a school and about how it's so great there. If you don't see it for yourself you are basically being a follower."

"If you don't take those trips before you make a decision you are doing yourself a huge disservice when it comes to recruiting."

What isn't hurting Nebraska is the voice that Parker has had in his ear since the Nebraska offer. Parker's brother knows quite a bit about Nebraska and he was actually able to catch an old game on television this past week.

"My brother has told me about Nebraska and players like Tommie Frazier and Eric Crouch. There was actually a game on one of the Classic channels last week.

"My brother was also telling me about the tradition at Nebraska and about Coach Tom Osborne. I know that he is the Athletic Director now and after hearing all that I have to check it out."

Nebraska wanted to make sure that the interest from Parker was genuine. Other published reports on Parker say that staying close to home is big to him. He told Nebraska what he thought about Nebraska.

"Coach Ekeler told me that he had been hearing some stories about me wanting to stay closer to home. I told him to believe me, that he's hearing it from the horse's mouth, that I am interested in Nebraska. I will be there for a visit, but I just don't know when.

"He told me that he just wanted to know in advance when I was coming up there for my trip. He really wants to show us around and give us the red carpet treatment."

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