Recruiting: JUCO Receiver Parks Commits

Anthony Parks, one of the top deep receiving threats in junior college this past season, confirmed Sunday afternoon that he committed to Oklahoma State after visiting this weekend. The 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver had 30 catches for about 850 yards (an average of more than 28 yards a reception) and eight touchdowns this past season for Butler County (Kan.) Community College. Parks spoke with GoPokes.com on Sunday afternoon about why he picked the Cowboys.

"It was a great weekend," said Parks, who was hosted by Cowboy Clint Coe. "I got along with all the coaches and players real well, and decided it was the perfect fit for me so I decided to commit this weekend."

Parks, who also had one touchdown and averaged nearly 17 yards on punt returns this past season at Butler County, said the deciding factor was how well he fit in with the current players. "I really got along with all the players and the coaching staff. The facilities are great, they're top of the line, but the thing that was most important to me was how I got along with everyone and fit in. I really enjoyed it, and feel like Coach (Mike) Gundy and coach (Joe) DeForest were there the entire time. They were the first school to offer me."

Parks will be on campus in January and enroll for the spring semester, and looks forward to participating in spring practice. "They showed me what they're doing on offense and I'm looking forward to coming in and learning it," he said. "They said they really needed a junior college guy to come in and help at receiver and as a punt returner. They've been talking to me and telling me they think I can come in and help right away. I'm real excited about next year and what they have to offer. I think people are going to open their eyes about what Oklahoma State football is doing."

Parks, originally from Olathe (Kan.) East High School, was recruited by Nebraska and Kansas before going the junior college route.

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