Parker draws Irish attention

Irish assistant Brian VanGorder was in California on Wednesday to get a better look at Tysyn Parker and several of his Junipero Serra teammates. Parker didn’t land an offer but one of his teammates did.

The school produced seven Division I prospects last recruiting cycle. Three signed with USC and two signed with San Jose State. Stanford and Arizona State each landed one. Five of the school’s top 2016 prospects have earned four-star rankings on Scout.com and several members of the sophomore class have already drawn college interest.

All that led Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder to Southern California this week.

“He was there during the day and then he came back for our seven-on-seven,” said sophomore outside linebacker Tysyn Parker, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder. “He came back to watch me, C.J. (Pollard) and Brandon (Burton).”

Burton, a four-star safety, and Oluwole Betiku, a four-star defensive end, already had been offered by the Irish. Pollard, a four-star safety, picked up his Irish offer on Wednesday.

NCAA rules prevented VanGorder from speaking with the Serra prospects in person, but Parker caught up with him later.

“He said to keep an open mind about going to Notre Dame because he knows a lot of kids from Serra go to USC and they stay local,” Parker said. “He said to keep an open mind and he’ll keep a close eye on me and C.J., well C.J. got offered yesterday by Notre Dame, and Brandon.”

That was Parker’s first contact with the Notre Dame coaching staff. He previously has heard from Arizona State, Alabama, Colorado, USC, UCLA and Utah.

“I did take an unofficial to SC and that was it,” Parker said of spring visits. “I should be going to a couple camps. I might go to the Fresno State camp up north and probably visit a couple more in California. I should go see Utah closer to the beginning of the season because they really want me to come and Arizona State wants me to come. I know for sure those will be two schools I go visit.”

As a sophomore, Parker racked up 81 tackles, four sacks and picked off a pass.

“I’m fast and athletic,” he said. “I could be a little bit more physical but my athleticism is what separates me from other linebackers.”

The Serra staff used Parker in a variety of ways and plans to increase his workload the next two seasons, especially in the opponent’s backfield.

“I’m more of like a cover linebacker,” he said. “I don’t pass rush a lot but that’s something they want me to work on this spring and summer.”

Parker has early interest in several schools including Duke and Utah.

“Duke has a good academic program and Utah is somewhere that I always thought about their defense,” he said.


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