Parson Enjoys Visit

Woodbridge (VA) linebacker Darius Parson talks with Pack Pride about a recent visit to NC State. The standout athlete is currently committed to Syracuse.

Woodbridge (VA) linebacker Darius Parson committed to Syracuse over the summer but if you connect the dots it's clear that he's not 100-percent solid.

In October the 6-3, 215-pound prospect from Virginia started to talk about other schools. Earlier this month he reiterated that he's with the Orange but again said that other options are open.

Pack Pride caught up with Parson recently because he took an unofficial visit to NC State for the Pack's game against Clemson. It was certainly a good game for recruits to attend as far as State's coaches and fans are concerned, and Parson was thoroughly impressed.

"I thought it was great. The fan base was great. They're loyal," Parson said. "I didn't expect that many people to be there. Of course, they were playing Clemson so that might have been some of it but they were great fans. It was pretty nice."

It was only an unofficial visit for Parson but he still got a chance to check out much of the school.

"In the morning (on Saturday) I woke up and walked around campus just to see what it's like. I went to the bookstore and I got a sweatshirt. I thought the campus was nice. It's a nice-sized school. I thought it was pretty big. I thought it would smaller.

"We saw the game and I talked to Coach Willis and just kind of hung out with some of the recruits and relaxed."

Parson said he spoke with Willis for 15-20 minutes. The coach told him that the defensive staff is very impressed with what they've seen of him. Parson wasn't able to speak with many other members of the staff because of the hectic scene after the game.

"I definitely want to take another official visit back down there," he concluded.

In fact, in spite of Parson's commitment to Syracuse, if the Pack offered they would likely emerge as a major contender.

"As of right now I haven't really communicated with Syracuse in a while. I'm still on the market and looking at other schools. It's been a while since we've talked. I wouldn't really say Syracuse is fading off because they're still one of the schools I'm looking at. I'm just not sure if they're looking at me as hard.

"I love North Carolina State. When I visited I just loved it. It's a great atmosphere and I'd probably say it's them and West Virginia right now."


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