You might remember that Oklahoma State offered Israel Isuman-Hurdley at the first minicamp on Friday. The Nigerian-born junior to be at Liberty Christian in Argyle, Texas hasn't played varsity football yet, but his frame and athleticism is so impressive. Standing next to him most of the day last Friday was Texarkana (Texas High), Texas defensive end Leonard Parks. About an inch shorter at 6-4 and 230 pounds, Parks is nearly as impressive and he has played some varsity football.
Last season Parks, who was in Stillwater with three of his teammates including receiver Te'vailance Hunt and quarterback Coltin Clack, had 66 tackles last season. He had 11 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He also caused three fumbles. Parks is a very disruptive player that actually pushed himself and got some real good out of the work he did last Friday at the Sherman Smith Training Center.
"I learned some new pass rush techniques and everything," Parks said with a smile. "We've got some hard working guys and we're going to be really good this season."
Parks has offers from Arkansas Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Missouri State. Northeastern Oklahoma State, and Southern Illinois. He's on the cusp of getting that offer from a Power Five or Group of Five school. I'll be surprised if it doesn't happen. He seemed to get Oklahoma State attention, but his future with that would greatly depend on other that are holding offers and what they do.
He runs a 4.91, has a 35.5 vertical, a 315 pound max on the bench, and a 500 pound max on the squat. The numbers are there, but no major school has added them up just yet. He's also looking for a school where he can major in Chemical Engineering. That is a mouthful of a major for a football player, but it's been done before at Oklahoma State.