Black & Orange YouTube: Speed to thrill

EVERY COLLEGE COACH wants to recruit speed and to do so across the board, and Oregon State this past recruiting cycle went up North and found themselves a burner. Other schools came running after Keynan Parker verbally committed to OSU but he told them all the same thing: he was solid with the Beavers. And a prep highlight package of his is one for the books.

THE SET UP:
The competition level in Canada is not the same as it is in the prep ranks in the United States. And Parker (6-0, 183, 4.32), like all first year Beavers, will have an adjustment to make to Pac-10 level competition. Expectations, especially early ones, should be kept in perspective.

But the fact remains, speed kills.

And Parker, who is still learning the game, has it. He racked up 2279 yards on 219 carries and 29 TDs his senior season. On the track, he set the Canadian Youth Record last July in the 200-m with a blazing time of 21.44.

Concerns about "a track guy playing football" would appear misplaced when you consider his football genes.

Keynan's father is James "Quick" Parker, who starred at Wake Forrest from 1976-79. An All-Conference All-American and winner of the Brian Piccolo Award, the elder Parker was Inducted into Wake's Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

The younger Parker could wind up at six or seven different positions for OSU. He could be a safety or corner on defense. A running back or slot receiver on offense. Return duties could be in the cards.

Where he lines up will be sorted out in fall camp -- the OSU coaches just want to get him in and see what he can do because he's still learning the game.

But some of the moves he puts on would-be defenders downfield, those kinds of things are not easily taught.



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FINAL THOUGHT:
Jacquizz Rodgers will be the rookie most watched this fall camp by the Beaver Faithful. And Simi Kuli won't be far behind. But don't be surprised if Parker makes some noise. When you have that kind of speed, it leaves an impression.


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