Cali. Backer Eyeing PSU

Still awaiting his first offer, Long Beach, California Poly linebacker Demetrice Parks (6-foot-2, 220 pounds), has had several colleges visit the Poly campus, including UCLA, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon, however a few Big Ten schools may be in the mix, including the Nittany Lions.

"My highlight of spring was when Coach (John) Peterson came out here from Ohio State to come see one player and one player only," said Parks "I had to impress him. He gave me all the information I needed about Ohio State and told me to keep in touch."

The interest from the Buckeyes, not there early on, has been reciprocated, and Parks has Ohio State high on his list.

"That is a great linebacker school, so I was very happy to receive Ohio State's information. In making a decision for a college to attend, they will be a top pick," said Parks.

KenYon Rambo was the last Poly product to play at Ohio State, signing there in the mid-1990's.

Penn State has also begin to scout Parks, and the Nittany Lions have moved onto his list of favorites, along with Arizona State, LSU, California, Oklahoma, UCLA and Oregon.

Parks said he feels like his performance this spring is setting the table for a big senior year.

"This spring had been my most productive and important one because its my last year . I have been taking full advantage of everything," said Parks. "This great spring will carry over to a great football season. I can feel it."

Parks also thinks he's setting the groundwork for offers to begin to roll in.

"I can just feel lots and lots of offers coming because each scout just had to talk to me after practice was over and tell me how good I had looked out there," said Parks. Ever since the spring had started I have been working very hard . I have been looking very good, retrieving many interceptions and causing a lot of fumbles.

Somewhat overshadowed on Poly's defense last year with USC-signees Alfred Rowe and Vincent Joseph and class of 2007 studs Kenny Rowe and Donovan Warren, Parks quietly put together a solid junior campaign, recording 103 tackles and 27 tackles for loss, despite missing two games with a bruised rib. He thinks all of the talent at Poly last year has somewhat forced him under the radar.

"I have been turning heads getting remarks such as "who is that kid" and "what's his name?" said Parks.

An excellent student, Parks is in a couple of AP classes and he has had plenty of motivation to keep his grades up. He has a 4.1 GPA weighted, and a 3.8 overall unweighted. He scored a 1320 on the SAT.


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