Parker, originally from Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge, confirmed Sunday night he is the fourth member of OU’s 2016 class.
Parker, who said he is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, had 47 catches for 841 yards and 16 touchdowns last season at Tyler. He has three years left to play two years’ worth of eligibility.
The Sooners first started showing interest a few weeks ago. Parker said inside receivers coach Cale Gundy reached out to him and the two had been talking nearly every single day since. Once the offer happened, Parker was ready.
“I talked it over with my family and decided to go ahead and commit,” Parker said. “I’ve always been a big fan of OU, and I know for sure this is where I want to go.”
He was the definition of a late bloomer in high school. He played one year, his senior year and had 73 catches for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. Before that, he was a star point guard. But football is his calling now.
Unable to qualify academically, Parker went to Tyler, and he said it has been very beneficial for him.
“My route running is way better,” Parker said. “My IQ for the game. Back in high school, that was my first year. I’m a lot smarter now.”
Parker said he was receiving strong interest from Arizona State and Tennessee, among others. And TCU was still on his mind, but he feels Lincoln Riley’s offensive style is going to fit in perfectly with what he does best.
Even if he hasn’t seen the campus.
“No, I haven’t visited yet,” Parker said. “I’m definitely looking forward to going. I might go up this summer. I don’t know.”
Parker is OU’s second virtually unknown wide receiver commit for 2016. The Sooners earned the pledge of Spring (Texas) Dekaney’s Adrian Hardy last month.