Parker Boudreaux's journey on the recruiting trail has been well-documented and in the spotlight dating back to his junior campaign at Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore. Over 60 Division I programs have pulled the trigger and dished out scholarship offers to the offensive lineman, but it was Notre Dame that struck gold and added him to the fold on Thursday.
Boudreaux, 6-foot-4.5, 294 pounds, recently shrunk his rather lengthy list of suitors to Notre Dame, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida and Georgia Southern, but his recent stay in South Bend really solidified his decision and put the icing on the cake.The June 10 visit to Notre Dame with family was his first trip to South Bend. Boudreaux had made multiple stops at the more local programs on his list.
"I definitely like how unique it is and life after football there is outstanding," Boudreaux said. "They have good academic support and it's a small campus. It's a beautiful campus and the best campus I've seen.
"The coaches really care about their players, and (offensive line) coach (Harry) Hiestand does a great job of putting guys in the NFL. He treats his players like they're his sons, so it's cool. Bishop Moore is like a mini Notre Dame because it's Catholic with a small campus, so that's pretty awesome."
Boudreaux, the 22nd-ranked guard in the nation on Scout, anchors Bishop Moore's left side of the line at offensive tackle, but projects long-term as a nasty, hard-nosed offensive guard. The Orlando native is a dog in the trenches that plays with aggressiveness until the play is whistled dead. He's light on his feet and can really get out in space as well.
He’ll compete at The Opening next week in Oregon, joined by Irish commitments tackle Tommy Kraemer and running back Tony Jones Jr. There’s a good chance Boudreaux could ultimately line up next to Kraemer in South Bend.
"They want to put me at guard," Boudreaux said. "They actually like putting people inside and then moving them outside later. They said I can play either guard or tackle."
Despite having a handful of official visits and over five dozen additional offers on the table, Boudreaux says he's locked in with the Fighting Irish and returning for their season-opening clash with Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns.
"I'm taking my official for the first game vs. Texas," Boudreaux said. "I think I'm just taking an official to Notre Dame."
Boudreaux becomes Notre Dame's 11th commitment in the class of 2016.