ANOTHER VERBAL: Hoss goes black and orange

A COACHING STAFF makes a difference in recruiting. In the case of Compton College offensive tackle Gerald Parker, who checks in at a mere 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds, it made a world of difference following an official visit to Corvallis this past weekend.

"I've committed to Oregon State and I'm signing there on Wednesday," said Parker. "Oregon State was always one of my top schools, but when I got to go there and got to know the coaching staff, that was the difference."

In addition to Oregon State, Parker received offers this recruiting season from Nebraska, Louisville, Iowa State and Southern Miss.

After giving a commitment to Louisville back in November, Parker watched the coach he verballed to, Bobby Petrino, leave the Cardinals to take the head coach position with the Atlanta Falcons.

When the new staff came into Louisville, the communication dwindled and so Parker began to seek other options.

Enter Oregon State, and after taking a visit to Corvallis over the weekend, Parker said he knew it was the place for him.

Parker was hosted by Gerard Lee on his visit to Oregon State and Nigel Burton, who had been recruiting him, also made an impression on him.

"The coaches are really great there and they are good to talk with," said Parker. "They came in the nick of time because I thought I would have all of this done already."

Parker said he will have three years to play two and that he may be able to leave in time for spring practice.

"The big deal is that I might have enough credits to leave at here soon," said Parker. "I have the chance to go in right away and start."

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