Tar Heels Pursuing 5-Star Safety

It's not often that North Carolina's recruiting efforts extend to the Golden State, but the Tar Heel staff made a recent stop in California to check out Sean Parker, a Scout.com five-star safety.

"Sean is a stud and everybody knows he wants to go to school out-of-state," Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne recruiting coordinator Byron Moore said. "… That's one of the things that drove [UNC] out there to see Sean was they know he's open to going to North Carolina or any place else."

UNC assistant coach Charlie Williams, a California native, was in Harbor City Monday watching Narbonne High's spring practice.

"[Williams] loved what he saw," Moore said. "He liked how [Parker is] a threat on both sides of the ball, because he's going to be playing a lot on both sides of the ball this year. We lost 25 seniors and 80-percent of those seniors were starters."

Sean, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound safety, has received scholarship offers from 26 schools. His list of offers reads like a who's who of the nation's traditional football powerhouses – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Tennessee, and UCLA.

"He's a total ball hawk," Moore said. "He's very quick and he's very football smart. The thing that he's known for is Sean will come and knock you out – he's a big time hitter. He's very strong and he sticks his nose in there."

As a junior, Parker accumulated 68 tackles, five interceptions, and two sacks, while helping Narbonne to the City Section Co-Championship.

In spite of all his offers, Parker doesn't have any favorite schools.

"Right now he's open to everybody," Moore said. "He's trying to give everybody a first chance to sell him on their program and their college. Right now he's just taking his time. He's in no hurry to make any decision or any list."

Moore estimates that during the middle of Parker's senior football season he will narrow his list to five schools.

According to Moore, Parker won't make any unofficial visits.

"He'll be busy at passing league," Moore said. "He has a bunch of passing league tournaments and stuff that we're doing [to prepare for the coming season]."

Thus, all of Parker's recruiting trips will be in the form of an official visit. He will officially visit each member of his final five schools.

With the absence of visits, when establishing his final five schools, Parker will lean heavily on the relationships he's able to build with each school's primary recruiter.

"[He will be] talking to the coaches, building relationships, letting them eliminate themselves," Moore said. "The ones that [are] really showing him the most love and that are coming after him the hardest, those are the ones he's going to be looking at the most.

"But, he's also going to [research] the schools – what do the schools have to offer, where the programs themselves are headed, what the coaching staff is doing, as far as getting the program to a national championship level.

"He's also looking for the coaches that provide that family atmosphere. Because when you go that far away from home, you want to make sure that you go to a program that's a family – on the field and off the field."

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