Why would the 6' 1", 210 pound bruising tailback get nervous about a game?
"I do not know why. I just do. I always start out nervous every game. It has been that way since pee wee ball."
Nick played behind Darius Barksdale as a sophomore and watched Tig rush for a Class 5A State record, 2, 985 yards, but he was able to get his feet wet while learning from the Army All-American.
"He just showed me the ropes. Tig just told me to keep working on my speed, and keep doing what I do best, running over people.
Parker rushed for nearly a 1, 000 yards as a sophomore while sharing the ball with Barksdale and Jeramie Griffin, but this past season, Nick made a name for himself.
"Coach (Lance Pogue) told me last spring that it was my turn to step up and be the leader on offense, so that is what I tried to do. I rushed for 2, 500 yards and 26 TD's. I ran a lot lower and started making people miss. A lot of defenders are scared to tackle me as the game goes on. I just try and keep running as hard as I can and wear down the defenses."
"Big" also has another weapon at his disposal.
"I like to use the "stiff arm" because my arms are so long. It keeps the defenders off of me."
Nick saw quite a few recruiters at his school over the last month.
"Tennessee, Ole Miss, Memphis, and USM have been by here that I know of. There have been some more too, but I did not get a chance to talk to them."
The All-State selection got a chance to take in his first Jr Day the Saturday before last at Ole Miss.
"I had been there a couple of times before, but this was my first recruiting visit. I learned a lot about them while I was there. Their coaches keep everything real loose, but they know what you have to do to win. They are proven winners so you know they know what is best for you. The coaches at Ole Miss is a big selling point for me."
Coach Nutt's track record with tailbacks is another positive for the Rebels.
"That plays a good role because I like a team that can run the ball. A team that does not like to run is a team I do not want to be with. Coach Nutt told me they run the ball more than I even thought. He said if he could have it his way, he would run it 85% of the time."
South Panola has a long history with Ole Miss. Batesville is located 16 miles from Oxford, and the Tigers have sent many of their past players to the University of Mississippi. Could another one be on the way?
"Ole Miss reminds me of South Panola, just how they do things. I am going to keep an open mind throughout the recruiting process, but Ole Miss is definitely a factor. They will always be way up there (on my list)."
Who else is showing Nick a lot of recruiting attention.
"MSU and quite a few more."
What stands out about the Dogs?
"They are recruiting me pretty hard. I might be going down there for their Jr Day in a couple of weeks. If I do, I will learn more about them then. I have never been to Starkville, so I really do not know too much about them at the present time."
Tennessee sent over Ole Miss' former head coach, Ed Orgeron, to South Panola a couple weeks back.
"He wants me and Devin Clark to come out for their camp. Hopefully I can get up there this summer."
Nick is keeping it simple for now.
"I am interested in anyone who is interested in giving me a four year scholarship, really. I just want to go to a good program. They have to have a good program that can run the ball. That is basically it."