BEAVERTON, Ore. – Parker Boudreaux arrived at The Opening known as the guy who committed to Notre Dame by pulling a bus. He exited Nike headquarters with a reputation enhanced by strength, blocking and attitude.
The Irish commit earned the begrudging respect of some five-star defensive tackles too.
Boudreaux worked Friday against the nation’s top overall player, Rashan Gary, and split reps. Gary beat Boudreaux on the first rep by getting his hands on the guard’s facemask. Boudreaux bounced back by stopping Gary’s speed rush and putting him on the turf.
“He's strong. If he gets his hands on you fast it’s over,” Gary said. “That’s a guy you’ve got to play with movement."
Boudreaux also split reps with four-star Antwuan Jackson on Friday, burying him on the first rep when Jackson stumbled out of his stance. Five-star Rashard Lawrence got a taste of Boudreaux too, splitting reps with the Irish commitment, which the defensive tackle will remember.
“He’s a tough guy, we actually got into a little altercation,” Lawrence said. “He’s gonna be very physical at the next level and even in high school. He’s a great offensive lineman just looking at him going against the best guys.”
Boudreaux said he added that physical edge to his game as a freshman and it’s grown since as he developed into a national prospect that committed to Notre Dame over Clemson and Oklahoma. His training also extended to the Nike Football Testing part of The Opening, where Boudreaux’s overall score – a mix of 40-times, agility drills, vertical jumps, etc. – topped all offensive linemen. His 4.41 time in the shuttle matched Tony Jones Jr. and Daelin Hayes.
“I did a little bit better than I thought I would,” Boudreaux said. “I knew I was going to do good in the 40 and the shuttle because I’ve been training that every single day. But I hadn’t practiced the vertical in forever. It was pretty cool stuff, I was pretty happy.”
Boudreaux focused his recruiting efforts on three-star linebacker Jonathan Jones, who plans to officially visit Notre Dame for the Massachusetts game in September. Jones is also a central Florida prospect.
“I spent a lot of time with Jonathan (on Thursday), a couple hours just talking over it,” Boudreaux said. “I think he’s really liking Michigan and Notre Dame. Really working hard on him, spending some time with him. I know he’s a great fit for Notre Dame. He’s an awesome dude.”
Beyond the competition, recruiting and free Nike gear, Boudreaux will also remember meeting former Irish great Manti Te’o, who spoke to The Opening players during the week. Boudreaux also spent time with Pro Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins.
“Williams told us to focus on what you’re doing and don’t get your mind off stuff because you don’t want to risk anything,” Boudreaux said. “It’s just awesome here. I think I got better with technique and the coaching that I got.”